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Breeding set Biodar STANDARD with 700 cocoons of osmia rufa / bicornis
This breeding set consists of:
Nesting box in a form of chest equipped with a carry handle
Nesting trays set (35 units), in which the females of mason bees build nests
Cocoons release box
700 pcs. of mason bee cocoons
The set includes detailed instructions for using the BioDar set.
The number of nests is adapted to the needs of 700 bees in a season abundant in food. Such a set can be used for many years, and following the instructions for proper keeping osmia breeding allows you to increase your own mason bee population quickly.
The set is enough for half a hectare of apple and pear orchard. Check what amount of cocoons are recommended for 1 ha of other crops: (click here)
releasing box - pine (clear varnish),
nesting box - pine (clear varnish) or dark brown,
nesting trays - colorless and brown, in a mixed system.
The colors on the picture may differ from the actual colors of the product.
Detailed information about elements of breeding set can be found here:
- for cocoons release box: (click here)
- for set of 35 nesting trays: (click here)
- for nesting box: (click here)
- for osmia rufa cocoons: (click here)
The set should be placed at any height, preferably not less than 1m from the ground, in a place providing protection against rain and wind, and the nesting box with trays must not be exposed to direct sunlight (high temperature during hot days may cause deformation of nesting trays and narrowing the nest channels)!
Orders should be placed minimum 2 weeks in advance due to the time needed to prepare bee health certificates and organization of the parcel.
The next date of shipment containing cocoons: mid January 2020.
"Individual shipping method" is for shippment abroad. After receiving the order, we will verify that the ordered goods can be sent to the selected country of delivery. The shipping cost depends on the country of delivery and the possible shipping methods. Please wait for an e-mail with information about costs of shipment to the delivery address given in the order form. As soon as you accept the form and the cost of delivery, we will send you confirmation of order and start preparation for the shippment.
Cocoons of osmia come from the BioDar Cultural Farm, from breeding conducted since 1989 and from cooperating farms.
Our bee breedings are reported in Veterinary Inspectorates. In the apiary, the principles of sanitary prophylaxis are observed. High breeding standards are maintained thanks to the annual selection of cocoons. This activity consists of selecting the best educated precepts for further reproduction, removing moldy cocoons and getting rid of larvae of parasites. All cocoons are carefully segregated and deprived of mites. The survival rate of insects is examined annually. The gender structure is also examined. Bees sold have an optimal sex structure of 50% females / 50% males. A greater number of females would not increase the effectiveness of the population, because due to the osmia's biology, only as many females will be fertilized as there will be males.
Cocoons are stored in appropriate conditions and their condition is periodically controlled, so that the survival rate of bees in cocoons kept up to the end of June is above 90%.
After purchasing cocoons, they should be kept in a cool place (preferably at a temperature of about 2 degrees Celsius), in a place providing protection against moisture and rodents. It is necessary to check their condition every two weeks, and about 2-3 weeks before the expected flowering of plants, cocoons should be placed in the orchard, garden or plantation. This will allow the bees to gradually wake up. This time ranges are given for weather conditions as in Poland. Shorter time ranges should be used for countries with warmer climate .
Bees should be placed in the target place at a height about one meter above the ground, preferably in a cocoon release box that protects the cocoons from rodents, wind and rain, near the nests prepared for them.
- recommended amounts of bees depending on the type of crop: http://www.biodar.com.pl/EN/oferta_murarka_ogrodowa.php?page=murarka_ilosci
- BioDar System for growing own population of Red Mason Bee: http://www.biodar.com.pl/EN/oferta_murarka_ogrodowa.php?page=murarka_system
Achievements of the BioDar company enabled verification of the view about little importance of solitary bees in pollinating plants. As a result of long-term tests as well as constant improvement of constructed devices, there was namely introduced a complete and standardised system of breeding, which guarantees great effectiveness and ease of breeding mason and leafcutter bees (Megachilidae).
This innovative method makes possible acquiring the bees in an profitable way and in the same time maximally beneficial to their development. It was achieved thanks to limiting the most laborious activities, standardisation of the used devices and the use of materials accepted by these insects.
Complete breeding set consists of:
The "hive" box with nesting trays constitute the body of the BioDar System. The box is built of wood, which is a durable, aesthetic and very well accepted by the bees material. Moreover, it has good acoustic and thermal insulation properties, positively influencing the course of biological processes in the nest arrangement. Maximum weight of the box with the nesting trays entirely filled up with food for larvae and with bees is not greater than 6.5 kg. The nesting boxes are secured with eco-friendly varnish, protecting them against climatic and habitat adverse conditions (great humidity, microbiological disintegration).
In the BioDar System all the aspects of the bee breeding economy are based on one key element, which is the nesting tray. This type of nesting arrangements was developed as a result of long-term tests and verified in field conditions. Using nesting trays is a novel solution and a step forward towards other nesting materials and manners of solitary bees breeding (see development works). A possibility of using the same nesting trays in many consecutive breeding seasons is a basic advantage.
The nesting trays are made of thermoforming film used for food packaging production. This material is well accepted by bees, both at a stage of settling channels as well as transforming larvae into next developmental stages. The trays put together in a form of packages have two-ply sidewalls along the nest channels enabling temperature stabilisation inside the nests. The optimum length and the diameter of nest channels are adapted to the mason bee females requirements while laying eggs. Using the trays of the same dimensions during the whole breeding process makes possible the unification of the remaining equipment, which is an essential factor of the comprehensive development and the organization of the entire system.
The nesting trays offered by the BioDar company are legally protected (UP-RP/W.120675, DE 20 2013 000 232.8).
Basing on the long-term tests, we can assure you, that the BioDar company delivers general-purpose, long-lasting and handy nesting arrangements, with all labour-saving accessories, which render the bee breeding profitable and successful.
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