Blue Orchard Mason Bee Cocoons (Local Only)

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Mason Bees
Mason Bee on Cherry Blossoms
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Mason Bees
Mason Bee on Cherry Blossoms

Blue Orchard Mason Bee Cocoons (Local Only)

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FOR LOCAL PICKUP ONLY

Mason Bees are available for pickup from of Milk and Honey by appointment only. Order your bees, and at checkout enter the discount code “local” to remove the shipping charges. We will contact you to set up an appointment for picking up your bees. Scheduling is very flexible including days, evenings, weekdays, and weekends. We will work with your schedule to make sure you receive your bees when it works for you. If you are ordering other items in addition to cocoons you may pick up the entire order at that time and pay no shipping.

Mason bees are very gentle, fun to watch, and do not sting like a honeybee can. They are extremely efficient pollinators. One native bee can do the work of up to 100 honey bees, without having to maintain a hive, and without the risk of painful stings. They stay close to home, so you will see the benefits of owning these bees with your own eyes and in your own increased yields in the garden!

Blue Orchard Mason Bees are delivered while still in their cocoons, mature and ready to hatch. Mason bee cocoons are available approximately March 1 - April 15, or until they sell out. They pollinate primarily fruit trees, nut trees, and spring flowers. These bees are prolific, and are able to increase their numbers considerably from year to year with proper care. The cocoons you receive are harvested from my own mason bee houses in the fall. They have been removed from their nesting materials and checked for diseases and parasites before being stored in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. For every 10 cocoons ordered you will receive approximately 1-2 female cocoons, and the rest will be male. A single female will lay approximately 30-35 eggs to hatch the following year. I recommend beginning with 40 cocoons, and placing them outside in groups of 10 at a time. Complete instructions are included with your order.

Because these bees are harvested in the Pacific Northwest, they will be best suited to gardens in that region. This is why I do not ship my cocoons out of the area. If you are from outside our area, please contact me for information about where to get local bees.

Our native bees are declining in number for various reasons, including  pesticide use and loss of their native habitat. We rely on our native bees to pollinate many food crops and flowers which can not be pollinated by honeybees. Please help save the bees! 

Of Milk and Honey is a proud supporter of the Xerces Society (www.xerces.org).

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A female blue orchard mason bee emerging from a cocoon.