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Nesting Materials

Nesting Materials consist of a variety of products.

At Beediverse, our nesting materials are designed and chosen to make Mason Bee cocoons easily accessible for harvesting in the fall season.   This is very important for keeping healthy bees, the propagation of bees from one year to the next and pest control. Mason bees will use any type of cavity or tunnel which is the right diameter for nesting. but often these nests are impossible to monitor or harvest.

Our nesting material is available in two sizes. The larger diameter nesting tunnels are suited for the larger Spring Mason Bees. The smaller diameter nesting tunnels are suited for Summer  bees.

Nesting material for Spring Mason Bees.

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Our durable, eco-friendly Quicklock tray system is re-useable year after year.  These trays are molded  and consist of 75% Corn derived material.  This design is quick to assemble and dissasemble for easy cleaning.

 

Cardboard tubes have been used for many years. These are made out of Kraft paper and are less expensive than the trays, but are used once and have to be replaced.

 

 

 

Nesting material for Leafcutter bees and tiny Summer Mason Bees

Corrugated cardboard is rolled into a bundle and is very economical since there are 99+ nesting tunnels. This material is easy to unfurl for harvesting cocoons.  Also a  one time use product.

 

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Leafcutter bee blocks are specifically designed and use by the alfalfa leafcutter bee industry.  The sturdy leafcutter bee cocoons are pushed out of each of the nestingtunnels.

 

 

Summary

Our custom Quicklock trays are durable, eco-friendly and quick to assemble and disassemble for cleaning. Cardboard products are great for those who want to explore the idea of keeping Mason Bees.