Leafcutter bees

Leafcutter bees


  • Your bees come pre-hatched! This ensures a higher rate of a success and less complications for our customers. All bees arrive at day 18-20 of a 23 day cycle. We do the hatching process for you. This will give you more time to enjoy watching the bees hard at work in your yard.
  • No-spill, easy-removal lid.

Leafcutter bee cocoons come pre-hatched to day 18 of a 23-day cycle. Packaged in 25 grams and contain approximately 200 bee cocoons. There are generally 1/3 female and 2/3 male ratios. A cocoon box with 25 grams of bee cocoons is the right amount for an average urban yard. They will not damage your plants as they cut the leaves of any particular plant, even rose bushes.

How many should you buy? See our​ FAQs on home beekeeping products.

What to Expect In Your Garden

They don’t say “busy as a bee” for nothing!


Your Bees arrive pre-hatched


They go to work


Your plants get pollinated


Hatched & Ready to Mate

Your cocoons arrive pre-hatched in the small orange bee box. We have streamlined the process, so you don’t have to worry about hatching the bees yourself. This ensures a higher rate of success for a full hatch and more time for you to enjoy your bees. As soon as they hatch, they mate. This only takes a few seconds, then they get to work on your flowers and plants.

Leaf cutter bee hatching from cocoon
leaf cutter bees building a new cocoon

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 cuts leaves into half-moon shapes with her mouth and carrying them 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 is on the hunt for food to take back to her cocoons. Her little belly sprays 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!

helping in the garden

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 and say hello!

All o​ur bees for sale are leafcutter bees (megachile rotundata).

Unlike so many other types of widely known bees for sale, leafcutters are:


We call them Kind Bees because they are non-aggressive! They are solitary, so there is no need to defend a colony. They keep to themselves, focusing on their work: preparing to lay eggs and spreading pollen. You can visit their little bee hotel without worry. If you squeeze one or handle it roughly, it will let you know. Be kind to them and they will be kind to you!

Leafcutters are the best pollinator! They are safe, easy, and particularly great at pollinating because they have dry fuzzy bellies. The pollen rubs off their fuzzy bellies onto the flower easily, not sticky bellies like honey bees. Our leafcutters are faster than honey bees too, so they can get around to more plants and flowers every day.


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.

Leafcutter Bees FAQs


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Why are there only 25 grams of Bees?

We have chosen this amount so you will get to enjoy the beauty of creation and not have to worry about having too many bees around.

Why is there a Window on the Cocoon Box?
We’ve designed the cocoon box with a wide viewing window so you can enjoy observing your pre-hatched bees before you release them. They will be buzzing and ready to pollinate upon release.
How can the bees breathe in the cocoon box?

Be reassured the little orange box has small holes and is not air tight. They are only in the box a short time until released.