|Dimensions||20 × 20 × 15 cm|
Canadian customers – Both Osmia lignaria (early spring mason bees) and Osmia californica ( late spring bee) are available. We will ship Osmia lignaria until supplies last. Please note if you would prefer Osmia californica, the late spring bee.
USA customers -sorry we are SOLD OUT for USA destinations.
Shipping – We have adjusted the weight of this product to include express post charges. This is needed to cover a shorter shipping time to prevent bees emerging enroute.
Order your cocoons and own them. Keep them from year to year for pollinating your spring flowers. Mason bees are pretty cool to have in a garden. After emerging from their long winter sleep, bees emerge and visit flowers to collect pollen. They come back to the nest covered in pollen to feed their young. Watch this great video of mason bees pollinating kale flowers. Their antics are fun to watch AND THEY ARE FAST.
Cocoons are harvested in November, cleaned, candled, packaged and stored at 2-4 C until shipping. Shipping begins in November and continues until late spring or until quantities last.
From Feb to May, packages of cocoons are shipped on ice and in a humidity cooler to ensure bee hibernation continues until package arrives at its destination.
One box of cocoons contains 10 cocoons plus a few extra. Boxes can be set out adjacent to nesting tunnels in readiness for blossom time.
The Spring Mason Bee is a friendly early spring pollinator that emerges when tree fruit blossoms and blueberry blossoms bloom.
Either set them out on receipt of your cocoons, or store them until early spring in a humidity COOLER (item number 850.01) and inside a fridge until blossoms are in bloom. Just add 1/2 cup of water to one side of the divider and cocoons on the other. About 100 cocoons can be comfortably stored in one humidity COOLER.
Set cocoons out no later than about mid May.
Note, if you would like to receive more than one cooler, place a multiple of orders. Each order of mason bees ( 1 or more packages of bees) includes one free cooler.
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