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3.2 Timing Release of the Bees

3.2 Timing Release of the Bees

Releasing Spring Mason Bee Cocoons

Release mason bee cocoons when you have open blossoms and consistent daytime temperatures of 55F/13C or warmer. Don’t worry, freezing nighttime temperatures do not affect the bees. Place bee cocoons in the bee house in the morning or evening because they are less likely to disperse during these times.

Pro Tip: Dandelions begin to bloom = time to release mason bee cocoons.

Check your extended 10-day forecast. Do not release the bees just before a storm front longer than 4 days. Continual rain can remove pollen and nectar from flowers, inevitably starving your bees. Bees need to sunbathe to get the energy to start flying and heavy rain can inhibit bee activity. A cloudy and rainy day followed by a sunny day is fine.

Releasing Summer Leafcutter Bee Cocoons

Leafcutter bee cocoons purchased from Crown Bees will arrive ready to emerge and start flying soon after arrival. Leafcutter bees can’t be stored in the fridge or fed with a nectar substitution. We recommend that you choose a shipping date that is the same week that your garden begins to bloom so the bees have plenty of open flowers.

Release leafcutter bee cocoons when you have open blossoms and consistent daytime temperatures of 75F/24C or warmer. Place bee cocoons in the bee house in the morning or evening because they are less likely to disperse during these times. Intact cocoons can’t regulate their temperatures above 90F/32C, bring them indoors and release adult bees as they emerge until the weather cools.

Check your extended 10-day forecast. Do not release the bees just before a storm front longer than 4 days. Continual rain can remove pollen and nectar from flowers, inevitably starving your bees. Bees need to sunbathe to get the energy to start flying and heavy rain can inhibit bee activity. A cloudy and rainy day followed by a sunny day is fine.


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