• Bees

    Keeping Bees Without Harvesting Honey – Is It Okay?

    While collecting honey is often thought of as the number one benefit of beekeeping, some people have no interest in harvesting honey.  However, they still want to keep bees for other reasons.  While keeping bees without harvesting honey is not common, is it okay for the bees? Why Keep Bees Without Harvesting Honey? Most people who keep bees without harvesting honey do so because they have a genuine interest in bees and want to support local pollination. They feel no need to take honey for themselves and prefer to leave the honey for the bees.   Is Harvesting Honey Cruel? Some people even believe that harvesting honey is cruel. They see…

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    Bee Nest Removal – Why You Should Use a Beekeeper Instead of an Exterminator

    If you notice a lot of bees on your property, the bees may have built a nest close by.  Sometimes, bees will build a nest a little too close for comfort.  In that case, you will have to look into bee nest removal.  What is a Bee Nest? A bee nest is the structure in which bees build to live in, usually in a natural or artificial cavity.  Bee nests are commonly built in hollowed out trees.  This is opposed to a bee hive, which is a man made structure in which to raise bees.   In warmer climates, bees will sometimes build a hanging, exposed nest.  But for the most…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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    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…

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    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…

  • 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…

  • Solitary Bees

    How to Attract Bees to a Bee House

    Spring is almost here, so that means that if you haven’t yet, it’s time to plan your garden.  Whether you plant fruits and vegetables, or just flowers, it’s beneficial to have a bee house.   Bee houses are not the same as beehives.  While beehives house honey bees for the purpose of collecting honey, bee houses are for solitary bees.  Solitary bees do not make honey, but are excellent pollinators.  Some people buy mason or leafcutter bee cocoons for their bee houses.  Others set up the house and wait for the bees to come on their own.  Read on to learn how to attract bees to a bee house.   Disclosure: As…

  • Solitary Bees

    How to Raise Native Bees

    Learning how to raise native bees is a great spring or summer activity that the whole family can enjoy.  It’s so fascinating to see the bees flying to and from their bee house.   Not only does raising native bees help to increase their declining population, it is also beneficial to you.  Native bees, such as mason bees and leafcutter bees are excellent pollinators. Add a bee house to your garden to see an increase in your harvest.  Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What are Native Bees? When you think of a…