Dear Bee Parent,
The day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived!
Now that warmer weather is finally here, the time has come for you to release your bees.
Before you do, remember to:
1. Place the bee house at 4-5 feet off the ground facing East, or South-East so that they can benefit from the early morning sun.
2. Make sure there is a good supply of mud as close as possible to the bee house.
3. There should be lots of flowers (or flowering trees) nearby as well (within 30-50 feet) and even more within the 300-500 foot radius of the nesting box.
Remember to place the cocoons (and any live bees which may have emerged) either in or on the nesting box. Your best time to put the bees out is early in the morning, though it’s okay if you want to release them late morning/early afternoon!
Our family was really excited, yesterday, to release our bees and to see them begin to emerge so soon after release. In warm weather like it is today, it won’t be long before you can watch your mason bees emerge from their cocoons, or from their nesting boxes.
If you take pictures of your bees hatching, or of your set-up, I would love to see what your gardens look like and would love it even more if I could share those pictures with others who are following The Bee Mama (website and FB page).