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Our best-known Pollinators have been decimated
by an affliction termed "Colony
GardenGrapevine.com calls it "Insect Alzheimers".
Bees leave the Hive and cannot seem to find their way back. They lack
all the abilities which we term, "Instinct". They no longer
forage for nectar, or make wax cells to rear young, or make honey, or
tend the Queen or baby Bees.
reason to believe that some other Pollinators are also affected by CCD,
Solitary Leaf-Cutter and Mason Bees do not seem to be affected.
Maybe because they have Very limited contact with other Bees.
See Solitary Bees in our Brood Room (This Video may take 10 min. to load)
Solitary Bee arrives at its wooden Tunnel, covered with Pollen
packs near its Eggs to feed Larvae that hatch and become winged
Honey Bees carry Pollen only on two of their legs.
Solitary Bees are thought to carry up to ten times as much Pollen,
making much more frequent trips to the Blossoms.
This closeup of a split log shows the copious
amount of Pollen collected by the very industrious Solitary Bee prior
to sealing her Eggs in the Cells.
Consider that a
Solitary Bee spends less than 10 seconds at each Blossom, which equates
to 6 Blossoms a minute, or 360 Blossoms an hour, or 3,600 Blossoms in a
So if you have
10 Tunnels with 10 Cells in each
one, then its not hard to see how those 100 Solitary Bees can Pollinate
360,000 Blossoms a day. In ten days, that's 3,600,000.
At Grocery Store prices, it's not difficult for Solitary Bees to
quickly pay for themselves in increased crop production. If you have
adequate Blossoms, but a minimal crop, then these gentle Pollinators
may very well be the answer.
They will reuse the tunnels we send, annually.
So you are buying an endless pollination for your Garden, Berry Patch, or Orchard.
Buy 3, and get one FREE.
Bees do not spend time making wax cells, feeding Larvae, defending the
Hive entrance, tending a Queen, or making Honey. They are focused on
There is no work or medication required, as in Honey Bees. But you may
find yourself watching their enjoyable routine. And wonder how a
secluded Larvae develops the essential species-propagating abilities
which Human babies must be taught:
the food left by Mother
out of the Cell
Walk and fly
for unfamiliar food and liquid
a Home site
when Pollen is Ripe
where Home is
when there is enough Pollen
into the Cell and
MALE Eggs last
pieces from Leaves
find damp Soil
roll it into a ball
home with it
the Tunnel with
Soil or Leaves
more if necessary
a new Home
the whole process
And wonder what possesses and motivates them;
why don't they just sit on a Leaf and relax by a six-pak of Blossoms ?
: Everything you
need - nothing else to buy:
Tunnels containing at least 100 Bee Eggs
than 100 Solitary Bee Larvae in Tunnels
$28.85 + $4.85 S