THIS YEAR GIVE THE GIFT OF POLLINATION by sending a mason bee kit or wrapping up a mason bee tshirt. Holiday Gift of Bees will pollinate Spring Gardens! Order the “GIFT OPTION- SEND A MASON BEE STARTER KIT” and print the gift certificate, we’ll mail bees in early spring. If you’d like a tshirt, we can send those right away. Mason bees are gaining popularity with gardeners and farmers because of how easy they are to care for and their incredible pollination skills. Mason bees are solitary bees, which means they live alone, forage for their own food, find their own nest and each female lays her own eggs. Without a hive or queen to protect they are non-aggressive, low maintenance and are known as the STINGLESS bee. ONE OF NATURE’S BEST POLLINATORS- Mason bees are extraordinary pollinators due to the tiny hairs that cover their body. Honeybees collect pollen on their back legs, whereas mason bees belly flop onto flowers and collect pollen all over their bodies. This enables them to pollinate 95% of the flowers they land on and can visit over 2,000 flowers a day. At Rent Mason Bees, gardeners can rent a mason bee kit to pollinate their yard and help increase solitary bee populations. Then, in the fall, hosts return their nesting block to be harvested and cleaned to rid them of harmful pests and predators, which is a critical step when raising mason bees. When you release native solitary bees into your yard, they will enrich your habitat and support a healthy ecosystem that cleans the air, stabilizes soil, and supports other wildlife. WHY RENT BEES? We rent solitary bees because we want to offer a way for people to interact with native bee populations but not be burdened with the fall maintenance of harvesting and cleaning mason bee cocoons and nesting blocks. MASON BEE FALL HARVEST – Rent Mason Bees cleans millions of mason bee cocoons and nesting blocks to remove harmful predators like pollen mites, chalk brood and Houdini fly larva that can decimate solitary bee populations. HEALTHY BEES ARE RETURNED TO THE ENVIRONMENT – By removing all predators, gardeners and farmers release healthy and strong bees the following spring. HONEYBEE PARTNERS – The stressful workload that is placed on honeybee colonies is reduced when they work alongside solitary bees.
SHARE YOUR MASON BEE LOVE & TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT OUR GENTLE AND INCREDIBLE POLLINATORS!
We are offering two types of shirts… A Women’s VNeck and a UNISEX Crew Neck tshirt.
TWO TSHIRT FRONTS AND THE SAME BEE AMAZED STATS ON THE BACK.
Shirt #1 – BELLY FLOPPING POLLINATOR
When mason bees collect pollen, they belly flop onto blossoms and the pollen sticks all over their bellies which they carry to other flowers. This enables them to have a 95% pollination rate, where honeybees have a 5% pollination rate. Solitary bees can visit over 2,000 blossoms a day, which is why they’re known as one of our most efficient and critical pollinators.
Shirt #2 – MASON BEE HOST
Let everyone know you host mason bees and help our solitary bee populations. Nestled inside the H is a mason bee nesting block and bee house. Inside the nesting block you’ll find 3 little bees poking their heads out.
BACK OF SHIRT: BEE AMAZED- MASON BEE STATS!
•90% of bees are solitary, they live alone & lay their own eggs
•Pollinate 95% of the flowers they land on
•Pollinate 2,000 blossoms a day
•Females only lay 15 eggs in their lifetime
•They help honeybees… 400 mason bees do the work of 40,000 honeybees
•They do not sting!
YOUR ORDER WILL HELP MASON BEES – Play a part in helping our mason bee populations. We partner with non-profits and universities across the United States who study mason bees and mason bee predators. Pollen mites, Houdini flies and chalkbrood can harm our solitary bees and we’re on the front lines to help researchers learn more. For every tshirt purchased, we will donate 10% of our proceeds to mason bee research.
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