|Dimensions||20 × 20 × 15 cm|
Increase you bee diversity and reap the rewards. This wild and native species Osmia californica exists in western NA. It is about the same size as our early mason bee (Osmia lignaria) and nests in the same size nesting tunnels. So there is no need to buy additional nests for this species. Increasing diversity will spread your pollination over time from early spring to late spring. Pollination with this species extends into blueberry, raspberry and saskatoon blossom time.
A free Humidity Cooler is included in your order of mason bees-a value of $24.50 CAD.
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.
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.
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 end of May.
**At this time shipping is limited to provinces of BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
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