My name is Dr Margriet Dogterom and am the founder and owner of Beediverse. I write this blog for all who love bees and who want to learn more about these wonderful creatures.
|Leafcutter bee cocoons. Different colored cocoons are made from leaves and petals..|
|Leafcutter bee Highrise|
|Leafcutter Highrise-availabe soon|
|Extra space in the attic for storing and emerging cocoons.|
|Emerging cocoons in cardboard box.|
|A predator guard in front of the nest
protects nests and bees
|Nests and bee cocoons behind predator guard.|
|In the fall-Step 2- push cocoons out with wooden dowel (supplied) and store in attic under roof of Highrise.|
Yes, Beediverse has both Osmia lignaria (early spring mason bees) and Osmia californica (late spring mason bees) available until late April.
|Cleaning station in the kitchen.|
|These are hexagon shaped nestign tunnels made of clear plastic.
There is no doubt that mason bees use it, but cleaning nests and
harvesting cocoons is not possible with this nest type. In most locations
if nests are not kept clean, parasites and mites build up in
such numbers that the bee population collapses in 3-4 years.
|This structure holds the clear plastic hexagons, paper
tubes and reeds. Paper tubes can be opened and cocoons can be harvested.
Reeds can also be opened with relative ease. Take care
when choosing reed type because some types of bamboo are near to impossible to open.
|This is the Beediverse Highrise with tubes on the side.
The Highrise Quicklock nesting trays can be opened and
cleaned. After cleaning these nesting trays can be re-assembled
for the following spring.
|A great spot for mason bee homes-a warm
south facing wall under an overhang.
|Success! Cleaned and harvested cocoons|
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Over the holidays, we have been busy assembling our new Mason Bee Home Kit. It is a nifty product and will be a very popular item for children in schools and in the home. Besides the pieces that make up the home, there is enough paper in the kit for making 20 nesting tubes. This will get the child started. If they decide to make more nesting tubes, newspaper or Kraft paper can be used to make more nesting tubes. It will be fun to see how children will decorate their mason bee homes. Please send in your photos of completed homes that are decorated and ready for the garden. I am looking forward to seeing the art.
Click on the link below to see the Kit. Scroll to the last item in the Category