What’s Special About Kind Bees?
All our bees for sale are actually leafcutter bees (or if you really want to get geeky about it: megachile rotundata)…
but we like to call them Kind Bees. Once you get to know them, we’re sure you’ll know why.
Unlike so many other types of widely known bees for sale, leafcutters are:
Kind Bees are non-aggressive! They are solitary, so there is no need to defend a colony. If you squeeze one or handle it roughly it will let you know…otherwise, feel safe dropping by your bee home to say hello and see their beautiful handywork.
No beekeeping lessons, messy clay, or extra equipment. No waiting for bees to show up to an empty home in your garden. We thought of everything and packed it into one easy leafcutter bee kit. You just need plants for them to pollinate!
These adorable bees have fuzzy bellies, not sticky bellies like honey bees, so they can spread pollen as they fly around your garden. Our leafcutter bees for sale are faster than honey bees too, so they can get around to more plants and flowers every day.
What to Expect In Your Garden
They don’t say “busy as a bee” for nothing!
Hatching + Mating
Your cocoons arrive sound asleep in leafcutter bee boxes. This stage of their life cycle is called Dormancy and it takes approximately 50 days. The warmer the weather, the faster your bees will appear. Leafcutters hatch out of their cocoons, right inside the cocoon box in the bee home, As soon as they hatch, they mate. This only takes a few seconds, then they get to work on your flowers and plants.
Off to Work
The female is on a mission to prepare for her babies! Her life’s work is to build cocoons for the next generation. She flies around your yard, cutting leaves into half moon shapes with her mouth and carrying them back home under her belly. She lines each nesting tube with them, pasting the leaves together with her saliva. Then she lays an egg inside, packs pollen and nectar around it, and caps it to make sure the egg is protected, as a mama does. All this right in your yard, don’t miss out on seeing it first hand!
Finally, Mama starts gathering food for her eggs. This is where the super pollination happens! She’s on the hunt for food to take back to her cocoons, so as she visits each flower and plant, her little dusted-with-pollen belly is spraying pollen to every flower and plant she gets near. Can you believe it takes her up to 15 trips to make one complete cocoon? With all that flying around she’s got plenty of time to help make sure that your plants and flowers flourish!
The male and the female have very different life spans.
FEMALE: She is the one that does all the work, then after her life’s work of creating the perfect environment for her cocoons – which takes about 2 months – she passes on.
MALE: He buzzes about in your yard looking for food until he parts ways with us about 10 days after mating.
WELCOME TO YOUR NEW GENERATION! This next generation picks up right back at… you guessed it, dormancy. Your bee family will continue to regenerate, with each new generation hatching about 70% of the last generation. Please see our FAQs for more info about our leafcutter bees for sale.
Some Fun Facts About Leafcutter Bees
Bees drop things too! Half moon leaves on the ground show you where a “whoops” took place!
Bee babies inbound! Capped off nesting tubes signal the completion of a new cocoon.
Living the good life! Catch the bees hanging out on their front porch. Go by + say hello!