• Solitary Bees

    10 Interesting Facts About the Leafcutter Bee

    Leafcutter bees (also known as leafcutting bees) are scientifically known as Megachile Latreille. They are in one of the largest genera of bees, with more than 1500 species in over 50 subgenera. Other bees in this family include mason bees, resin bees, and carder bees. They get their nickname from what they do – cut leaves. Female leafcutter bees will line a cavity with leaves to create a brood chamber in which to lay her eggs. The baby leafcutter bees stay in the chamber throughout winter. In the spring, they chew through the chamber to exit the nest. Female leafcutter bees have teeth. They also have large heads due to the…

  • Beekeeping

    Powdered Sugar Treatment for Varroa Mites

    While the Varroa mite may be tiny, it can cause a lot of damage to a honey bee colony.  Beekeepers must be diligent in monitoring and treating Varroa mites in their hives.  There are a few different methods for detecting and treating Varroa mite infestation.  Powdered sugar treatment for Varroa mites is a good way to treat hives because it is chemical free and does not kill any bees.  What are Varroa Mites? Varroa mites are parasitic mites that attach to the bee and feed on their fat bodies. They feed and live on adult honey bees, larvae, and pupae.  Varroa mites can wreak havoc in a beehive, causing viruses…

  • Beekeeping Supplies

    Where to Buy Beekeeping Suits

    The bee suit is a super important part of beekeeping.  It’s the thing that keeps beekeepers safe from bee stings.  While some beekeepers prefer to tend to their hives without protective gear, it really depends on the temperament of the bees. Most beekeepers should wear a beekeeping suit, veil, and protective gloves when around their beehives.  New beekeepers often wonder where to buy beekeeping suits?  It’s not something that is usually sold in stores. The best way to get a bee suit is to order one online.   Types of Beekeeping Suits Beekeeping Jacket Also called a beekeeping smock, this type of bee suit provides protection only to your upper body. …

  • Beekeeping

    How Often Should You Inspect a Beehive?

    Beehive inspections are important because without them, you would have no idea what is going on inside of the hive. If you do not inspect your hives periodically, there is a good chance that your bees will not survive very long.   However, inspecting your hives too much is a problem as well.  The bees don’t necessarily like to be disturbed, and too much of it is very stressful for them.  So, how often should you inspect a beehive?   What is a Beehive Inspection? A beehive inspection is a routine check up of the bee colony.  Hive inspections are important because if there is something wrong in the hive, such as…

  • Solitary Bees

    Foster A Mason Bee

    If you’ve ever thought about raising mason bees, or if you already do, this special may be of interest to you. Since it’s the end of the season, Crown Bees is working to find homes for all of their mason bees. To do this, they are having a special where you can get 20 mason bee cocoons for only $19.95. This is a great deal, as the normal price is $32.95. Not only that, all cocoons will be shipped for free via FedEx 2 day shipping. The bees will be shipped out on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, so plan accordingly. Crown Bee’s Foster a Mason Bee sale starts now, and…

  • Solitary Bees

    When to Release Mason Bees

    You got your mason bee house, put the tubes in, and found the perfect location for it.  Now what? Now is the best part – it’s time for the bees!  At this point, you can try to attract some mason bees to the house, or you can order mason bee cocoons. If you order cocoons, like I did, you need to know when to release mason bees.  To release mason bees means to place them in the bee house.  This needs to be done at the right time, under the right conditions.  Read on to learn when to release mason bees.  What You Need for Mason Bees Before you release…

  • Bees

    8 Interesting Facts About the Queen Bee

    The queen bee is the only one in her caste, and she is the most important bee in the entire colony.  Her job is to lay all of the eggs in the hive, and she lays a lot of them.  While her name implies that she’s the ruler of the colony, that isn’t quite true. They have more of a democratic system, where worker bees actually vote on certain things, such as the swarm’s next nesting location.   Read on to learn 8 more interesting facts about the queen bee.  1. The queen bee lays up to 2,000 eggs per day. That amounts to 1 egg every 43 seconds.  She is…

  • Beehives

    The Best Wood Preservative for Beehives

    Getting started in beekeeping can be a bit of an investment with all of the supplies you need to buy.  The cost of beehives, bee suits, and tools can all add up.  However, if you take care of your equipment, it can last you for several years.  That’s why it’s important to use a good wood preservative for beehives to expand the longevity of your hives.  A well preserved beehive can last for many years, especially if it is kept on a hive stand.  There are a few different things used to protect wood, so what is the best wood preservative for beehives? Why Preserve Your Beehives? Because beehives are…

  • Solitary Bees

    The Best Mason Bee House Location

    Spring is here, so it’s the perfect time to set up a mason bee house. One of the most important things you can do is find the best mason bee house location.  If you place your bee house in a location that is not suitable for bees, they may look for shelter elsewhere.   So, how do you find the best mason bee house location?  It’s actually pretty easy. You must take the following into account: orientation, height, mounting, forage, and nesting material.   Why Raise Mason Bees? If you have a garden, you can benefit from mason bees.  They are amazing pollinators – 120 times more effective than honey bees.  If…

  • Reviews,  Solitary Bees

    Crown Bees Mason Bee Cocoons Review

    If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already saw my posts yesterday about my mason bee cocoons. I thought I’d do a Crown Bees mason bee cocoon review on here, in case anyone is interested. Ordering Mason Bee Cocoons from Crown Bees I got a brand new mason bee house this year and decided to get some mason bee cocoons as well. I ordered them online from Crown Bees, since they are a well known and trusted company. The ordering process was really simple. On their website, you can choose which type of solitary bee cocoon you would like to order. If you want bees for spring, choose…