Welcome to Crown Bees!
We help farmers and gardeners increase pollination and food production through the use of solitary bees.
Solitary bees are known to improve pollination efficiency and increase fruit set by twice that facilitated by honey bees. When crops are pollinated by mason bees rather than honey bees, farmers and backyard gardeners find themselves with more fruits and vegetables.
Through our collaborations with researchers and community partners, we've set the standard for best practices in solitary bee raising and have helped thousands of people across the United States and Canada grow fresh, healthy food.
To help our bee raisers be successful, we provide healthy hole-nesting bees and bee-raising supplies, along with quality support and educational programs.
BEE HOUSES 2021-2022
Seasonal Timing for Mason and Leafcutter Bees
We are proud to provide healthy spring mason bees and summer leafcutter bees,specific to your ecoregion, to give both the customer and the bees the best chance for success! These bees are gentle and easy to raise, making them perfect for families with kids and pets, but they do have a few requirements:
- Spring Mason Bees require daytime temps to be a consistent 55°F/13°C or warmer.
- Summer Leafcutter Bees require daytime temps to be a consistent 70°F/21°C or warmer.
- Bee houses must be placed within 300ft of flowers, vegetable gardens, or fruit trees for the bees to access pollen and nectar.
- Yards and gardens must be free of chemicals or the bees may fly off in search of a more suitable nesting site.
A Guide to Safe Nesting Materials
Cavity-nesting solitary bees create nests in hollow or pithy stems. Many nesting species will also use man-made nesting materials, or cut pieces of natural materials. Crown Bees offers nesting materials that are sealed at one end, breathable, and that can be easily opened for harvesting cocoons. Using the proper nesting materials is the best way to protect bees from pests and diseases.
✓ Crown Bees Offers Safe Nesting Materials
Cardboard Tubes + Paper Inserts
Reusable Wood Trays
Natural nesting scent to
attract spring mason bees
Includes 5 natural nesting
USDA Patented Product
✓ Mason Bee Mud Mix
Clayey-mud is the perfect texture for mason bees
Helps mason bees build and seal nests
Each package has enough mud to support 100+ nesting females
ADDITIONAL NESTING MATERIALS
✓ Cardboard Tubes + Paper Inserts
Various Sizes Available
Lightweight and easy to open for quick removal of cocoons
Simply replace inserts each year. Cardboard tubes can be reuse
✓ Reusable Wood Trays
Various Sizes Available
Long-lasting and reusable each year
Retain nesting scent to attract next season's bee
WHY CHOOSE CROWN BEES?
Online Consumer Support Center
Our goal is to help people help bees.
Through educational and community programs, citizen science projects, school resources, our online knowledge base, newsletters and blogs, and our self-service support center, we aim to empower people to address food insecurity, sustainability, and solitary bee conservation.
Easy Ordering Process
Optimal Order Lead Time for New Customers
INITIAL ORDERS FOR ALL BEE HOUSES REQUIRE 150 DAYS LEAD TIME - ORDER TO DELIVERY
LEAD TIME FOR OTHER PRODUCTS VARIES DEPENDING ON QUANTITY AND TIMING
- For January 2022 deliveries, we must have an order commitment by August 2021.
- For March 2022 deliveries, we must have an order commitment by October 2021.
READY TO LEARN MORE?
We're here to help!
You may contact Steve Tallman directly:
- (425-) 269-8235 cell
- (425) 949-7954 office
- [email protected]
Or you can fill out the form below and a member of the Crown Bees Team will contact you shortly.