Mason Bee Cottage
This mason bee house was hand made by Bring Back the Butterflies very own father!
These bee houses have two different mounting options: on top of a four by four inch post or against a fence post or wall. Dimensions of the bee house are: 13 inches tall x 14 inches wide x 9 inches deep. This bee cottage is available in a purple stain and a red stain, both of which are translucent and allow the wood grain to show through. (Purple stain in shown in the photo of the mounted bee house.) The cottages have easily removable backs, so that the paper tubes can be removed for harvesting bee pupa and replaced each season.
Our mason bee hives are designed with the health and wellness of the mason bee in mind. The low-density house don't attract predators the way high density houses do. The cardboard tubes are dryer and cleaner than bamboo, so the bees are less likely to catch diseases. The deep overhanging roof also protects the tubes from rain. The bee house also features a removable back panel, so that the tubes can be easily replaced every season.
Mason bees are solitary bees, so unlike honey bees, they do not form a colony. They will lay their eggs in the tubes of this mason bee house in the spring. Mason bees are important native pollinators, and their species is on the decline. By putting a mason bee house in your garden, you can help ensure their long term survival while also benefiting from their highly efficient pollination.
Available for pickup from the Uptown Farmers Market on Saturdays staring April 17th from 8 to 12:30, or for drop off in Mecklenberg county for a charge of $3.