IN THIS EDITION OF SOLITARY BEE BUZZ:
- VIDEO – Learn about leafcutter bees
- Leafcutter Bee Checklist – Is it time to put them out?
- Learn How Leafcutter bees make their nest
- VIDEO – Leafcutter bee harvest
- VIDEO – Watch leafcutter bees fly in slow motion
- VIDEO – Look inside a mason and leafcutter nesting block
One of the big differences between mason and leafcutter bees is their life cycle. Depending on where you live and when you order your bees, will determine which way we send them to you. Depending on which way we sent you your bees (see below) they need 75+ degree weather and it will take them 3-6 weeks to emerge.
1) BEES INSIDE THE NESTING BLOCK with 3 rows of plugged leafcutter holes- When leafcutter bees are inside the block, they are still in the larvae state. We ship them in the block, because they are too fragile to send in separate leaf cells and inside the block protects them. Because they are still in the larvae state when you receive them, they will need 75+ degree weather consistently for 2 weeks, which will have the larvae perk up from hibernation, eat the pollen loaf and then it will take 6-8 weeks to grow into a full grown bee before it emerges.
2) IN A WHITE TUBE with an empty black nesting block- If you received leafcutter bees in a white tube then we have incubated them for a couple of weeks so that they are safe to ship. You will want to place them outside right away. Once they have temps reaching 75+ degrees for a couple of weeks, they will continue to grow into a full grown bee and emerge 3-4 weeks later.