We are so excited for 2017 Solitary bee season!
We have some BEAUTIFUL new Bee Houses coming out. They’re made locally by a disabled veteran so a good amount of proceeds go to him. He’s sourced some of the wood from an antique trolley car out of Ogden, used in 1910 and then later as a camper for Indian field workers to sleep. It’s beautiful!
We’ve got reeds this year as well, small and large. We like to mix and match to attract different bees.
Another new item: FREE BEES! To encourage sales of these Bee houses, we will give away a package of a different variety of Solitary bees FREE with every house.
Here’s a quick run down and price list. Photos to come soon. Thanks for your patience!
If there’s any questions, call me on my personal cell at anytime. (801)244-6994- Susie
Solitary Bee Deluxe Mailbox Style House- $20
Solitary Bee Deluxe Mailbox Style House with Reeds- $50
Solitary Bee Deluxe Mailbox Style House with Habitat Holes- $65
Solitary Bee Hex House- $25
Mountain Bee house kit with Bees and Reeds-$130
House only- $25
Large Reeds- Bundle for Mason Bees- $20
Small Reeds- Bundle for Leafcutter Bees- $20
Blue Orchard Mason Bee Package-$25
Leafcutter Seasoned Habitat 104 Hole and Bees- $50
Californicus Bee Package- $15
Free Bees with any Bee house bought!
What are Solitary Mason Bees
Native bees that do a much better job of pollinating than Honeybees. They are very gentle solitary bees that live in holes in wood (but do not bore in and create them) or inside reeds or dead bushes. The size of hole determines the type of bee. There are many different types of Mason Bees. Here are two varieties that do great here in the midwest (ours are local to Utah County, Utah.)
Blue Orchard Mason Bees – Osmia lignaria
A gardeners friend. These ladies are stunning in the garden. They’re a beautiful deep black and shiny blue. They are NOT aggressive and if you are stung, you’ll practically have to force them to sting you and it’s more if a mosquito bite type sting. They do very well alongside your honeybee. They follow a very similar life cycle to leaf cutter bees. The females are laid near the back, the males emerge first and eagerly wait until the females emerge. They mate, the males die off (sorry boys!) and the females go to work collecting pollen and mud to seal off the individual cells in-between. Blue mason bees usually start emerging around the time your apricot trees blossom. These guys are the best at pollinating your spring fruit trees. They hatch and forage for 6-8 weeks when go into hibernation until the following spring. Super easy and fun, they would make a great science fair project for kids or are a blast to watch them come out. Simply buy a house (more being made soon!) and hang it on a fence or tree pointing down slightly. You don’t want water to get inside the nest. (bee photo Credit https://graceandmystery.wordpress.com)
These amazing gardeners friends are quite the interesting lot. Also known as alfalfa leaf cutter bees, one of these beauties can do the work of 20 honeybees! When used in a greenhouse setting, it’s been said that about 150 leaf cutter bees could do the work of 3,000 honeybees. They too are gentle and friendly and have a similar life cycle except that they emerge later in the season than mason bees. Like the Blue Mason Bee, they are a cavity nesting bee. They make their nests very similar to the mason bee but require a different diameter of hole. They usually start emerging around mid-June and go for 6-8 weeks. Emerging in mid-June, they are great pollinators for your melons, pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, beans, peppers, tomatoes and more. They are often mistaken for honeybees or even hover flies and you can’t always tell the difference unless they area actually out cutting leaves or you look for their pollen baskets which are actually on their abdomens rather than their hind legs like bumblebees and honeybees. The neat thing about leaf cutter bees is that they actually go and cut pretty rounded segments out of leaves in your yard. It doesn’t harm the plant and unless you’re selling prized rosebushes, you won’t really notice it much and if they concentrate on a particular bush (they do tend to like roses) you’ll get a beautiful scalloped or frilly look. It’s good to not spray your plants with pesticides for this reason, among others. Why do they cut leaves? They take these segments and line them up in-between the cells of the new baby bees. Once the females emerge in the spring, they start foraging and collecting pollen and lay an egg in the back of the nest on the pollen so that the baby bee can feed and grow and overwinter in that cell. The females are laid towards the back and the makes more towards the front. Females can lay up to 40 eggs each. Do not open your leafcutter bee boards expose to sunlight or they will die. They are very easy to keep. Just keep the box inside your garage or somewhere cool out of the weather until June and then place outside and watch the magic happen! (bee photo Credit https://graceandmystery.wordpress.com)
I WANT BEES!
Great. We think you’ll love your new neighbors. For pollination, I’d recommend getting both kinds. If you’re wanting more vegetable gardening pollination, try the leaf-cutter bees.
These beneficial buggies are awesome for kiddos or for people who have a small space. We locally raise these cuties and get the nesting holes from THE supplier in Oregon. The reason we drove through the night to make sure you have these boards to nest your bees in is that they are much easier to clean and manage and reuse every year rather than hollow reeds. Either of these beautiful bees would make a great summer project for kids or as a science fair project.
Want even more of a hands-off approach? Want to just have the pollination and not worry about a thing? Susie Bee Good will maintain your colony for you. You can buy the house and bees and leave them in your yard to do their thing. Drop them off and we’ll help you hibernate them over the winter, clean them up in spring and provide you with a fresh package every year for FREE.
The Leaf-cutter bees come in boards that are already seasoned. Solitary beekeepers don’t buy new boards, the hot market is used ones because there are pheromones and other scents already there that attract them. Blue Orchard Bees aren’t as picky.
To order yours, call Susie (801)244-6994 or Tyler (801) 636-2372
Blue Mason Bee House- Finished or Unfinished Pine house so you can decorate it, stain it, wood burn it or just let it naturally weather. This has a removable back so that your boards can eventually be removed and your bees checked and cared for and a spot to hang your Brood box of Bees.
– $18 each
-Can be hung multiple ways
Blue Mason Bee Habitat Only (Not Currently available)
Alder Boards with very specific sized holes to attract only Blue Mason Bees. These are reusable year after year and do better with age. They are staggered and burned to help the bees know which hole is theirs. They help to make sure that parasitic wasps don’t take over your female coccoons. These will last for years and are a lot better for the bees than reeds.
-(you’ll need to put this in a house)
-Buy these to pollinate your fruit trees and garden
– $35 each
Blue Mason Bee Habitat Hex or Mountain
Seasoned Alder Boards with very specific sized holes to attract only Blue Orchard Mason Bees as well as wonderful local reeds to create the perfect solitary bee house. These are reusable year after year and do better with age. They are staggered and burned to help the bees know which hole is theirs. They help to make sure that parasitic wasps don’t take over your female cocoons. These will last for years and are a lot better for the bees than holes drilled in wood. Made of high quality antique wood.
Blue Mason Bee Habitat- Mailbox Style House
Seasoned boards with specific sized holes to attract only Blue Orchard Mason Bees as well as wonderful local reeds to create the perfect solitary bee house or empty if you choose. These are reusable year after year and do better with age. The reeds and habitat boards are staggered and burned to help the bees know which hole is theirs. They help to make sure that parasitic wasps don’t take over your female cocoons. These will last for years and are a lot better for the bees than holes drilled in wood. Made of high quality antique wood.
Empty Box- $20
Box with Reeds-$50
Box with Habitat Boards-$65
(each one can be either stained or unstained, limited quantities available of each, call for exact availability Susie@ 801-244-6994)
Complete Blue Mason Bee Kit: Unfinished or stained Pine House, Habitat nesting boards and nesting box with bee cocoons.
– $70 each kit
-Photo will be updated with actual box soon.
I prefer cash or check. Bees can be picked up in Provo or we commonly go to Salt Lake city and we can meet along I-15. Give us a call to order yours today or drop us an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org