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.
The reason for setting out cocoons within the protection of a house that shelters nesting tunnels, is to provide the cocoons, and the mason bees inside, a place that is protected from predators like mice, protected from the sun and protected from rain and snow.
|Royal house with predator guard|
|Temporarily remove predator guard from the front of the Royal house,
and set vial on its side, with tab removed, underneath peaked roof.
Replace predator guard.
|Lodge without predator guard.|
|Chalet with predator guard.|
|Unwrap bundle of nesting trays by removing electricians tape. Remove
one set of trays, and re-tape remaining nesting trays.
The vial can now be inserted under the roof and adjacent to the nesting tunnels.
|Replace the predator guard of the Chalet after vial has been set
inside the house. When all bees have emerged- about 2 weeks
after first bees emerge, remove vial, tape up the individual tray
and set above other trays.
|If you buy a vial of Beediverse Mason Bee cocoons
from a store, the cocoons need to be set it out adjacent to mason
bee nesting tunnels. Cocoons are
washed, screened and candled before packaging them into vials.
|If you have a Starter Cottage
with cardboard tubes it is best to set the vial of
cocoons inside the cottage amongst the nesting tubes.
|Temporarily remove front door to access
|Remove a few cardboard tube to make room for one vial
containing mason bee cocoons.
Remove red tab covering the exit hole of the vial, and place
vial amongst tubes.
|Replace front door and hang Starter Cottage on an East facing wall,
in the sunshine and out of the rain. This cottage can also be
set down on a shelf. Make sure it is secure so the wind
or predators do not knock it off the shelf.
|Retail stores sell Beediverse mason bee cocoons in snap-cap vials.
Cocoons were harvested from nesting tunnels and cleaned.
|The Highrise contains Eco friendly Corn Quicklock nesting trays.
Setting cocoons above nesting tunnels makes it easy for bees to find their new nests.
Remove red tab that covers the vials’s exit hole,
and lay vial with cocoons in the attic and underneath
the roof.of the Highrise.
|Loose cocoons harvested from nesting tunnels can also be placed
underneath the roof of the Highrise-“the attic”
|Move cocoons towards the back. of the Highrise
so they dont roll out the exit gap.
|Drop roof over attic in readiness for spring.|
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|Dave M.’s emergence box with nests on either side.
Emerged males are clustered on the outside of the emergence box waiting for females to emerge.
|Close-up of emerged males on the outside of the emergence box. Emergence hole of the box is visible below the hook.
The white clay spots on the front of the emergence box are the first signs that bees have emerged. Bees defecate this material as soon as they emerge.
Dave uses stacked pieces of routered wood as nesting tunnels. The emergence box removes the problem of predation during emergence. Photo credits Dave M. Port Alberni.