WHAT ARE SOLITARY BEES? Unlike the social honey bees, solitary bees do not live in a hive or make honey. Instead, each female must find or create her own nest, and collect all of the food needed to feed herself and her eggs. Since there is no hive to protect and each female reproduces, solitary bees are non-aggressive. They will only sting if trapped or roughly handled and their stings are mild, similar to a mosquito bite. At Rent Mason Bees, we work with three species of cavity-nesting solitary bees, which can be kept in bee houses and are critical for pollination of our food crops.
Our Bees Are Sustainably Raised. Our bees are certified by the Orchard Bee Association (OBA), which means they are sustainably raised and inspected. When working with mason bees, there are strict guidelines that have been implemented to protect bee populations. We follow the suggested guidelines and ensure that all our bees are separated by region so that when they are cleaned and stored over winter and sent out the following spring, they go back to the region they originated from. We also follow OBA guidelines and best practices for successful shipping of live mason bee cocoons. To reduce risk, we ship only dormant cocoons with adult bees with an ice pack to keep them cool so they are unlikely to emerge in transit.