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Mason Bee Cocoons (40 Count)

Price: $40.00
Item Number: OMB-40
Backyard Package
40 Mason Bee Cocoons (16 Female, 24 Male)
Mason bees are native to the US, and they are a great way to pollinate your backyard or small orchard. Of course, they produce no honey, pollen or beeswax, but they are simpler to manage than honey bees. 
Our mason bees cocoons are taken through a quality process that is impossible to achieve with off-the-shelf mason bees.  Our mason bees are carefully removed from the mason bee tube, then pre-sorted for viability and then cleaned to eliminate mites. They are then counted and installed in a small cardboard box for cold storage, with a ratio of 4 Female : 6 Male bees.  When you are ready to install your bees in Spring, just poke a 5/16th inch hole in the box to allow the bees to emerge, and place the box in the bee house. 

Caution:  Mason Bees are considered a "Ship at your own risk" item.  If the bees are in transit for too long and are exposed to warm temperatures, there is some risk that shipped mason bees will emerge during shipment.  To reduce this risk, we recommend selecting a quick shipping method (i.e. UPS Next Day Air, UPS 2nd Day Air).  The faster they arrive to your location, the better.  If you're in Oregon or western Washington, you can select UPS ground or Priority Mail and most likely the bees will arrive one day after the order is shipped.  If you're outside of the Pacific Northwest, we reccommend a faster shipping option.  Please don't hesitate to call us for help in selecting the correct shipping method.  We also recommend selecting a Cold Pack to be shipped with your order.  After you receive your shipment, immediately place the bees in your refrigerator until you are ready to put them outdoors for pollination.

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