The Mason Bee Starter Cottage contains 20 cardboard nesting tubes. In early spring, wild mason bees search for nest sites such as the Starter Cottage. Mason bee cocoons can also be bought & placed inside or near the Starter Cottage. In the fall, the bee cocoons are removed from the tubes for annual cleaning and storage. Replacement tubes are also available. The Cottage measures 10cm wide, 12cm tall, and 20cm deep, (4 x 5 x 8 inches). It comes with a simple mounting bracket attached that allows you to mount it to a wall with a single screw. Height is not critical — set it at eye level so you can watch the bees.
- Includes 20 cardboard nesting tubes (need to be replaced yearly)
- Easy to mount, handmade from West Coast Red Cedar
- Great for kids
- Bee cocoons sold separately
Mason bees are pretty cool to have in a garden. After emerging from their long winter sleep, bees emerge and visit flowers to collect pollen. They come back to the nest covered in pollen to feed their young. Harvest your Cocoons in October, clean and store in the fridge crisper for hibernation until next May. One box contains at least 10 cocoons. ( 5 females & 5 males) Boxes can be set out adjacent to nesting tunnels in readiness for blossom time.