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Nesting trays for Mason Bee (osmia rufa / bicornis)
Basic element of the BioDar System for running own breeding of Red Mason Bee and other solitary bees.
Its dimensions are adjusted to osmia bee requirements.
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 advantage of nesting trays of the BioDar System over other solutions proposed on the market (eg with styrodur tiles) is, among others, the possibility of quickly removing healthy cocoons from them, thanks to which mites or other parasites are not spread.
Nesting trays offered by BioDar company are legally protected (UP-RP / W.120675, DE 20 2013 000 232.8).
We also offer single tiles: Nesting tray for Mason Bee (osmia rufa / bicornis)
The dimensions of a set of 20 trays:
height: 16 cm,
width: 25,0 cm,
depth: 16,0 cm.
Dimensions of nest channels:
diameter 8 mm, length 14 cm.
Number of nest channels: 400. Such amount is needed when exposing about 400 bees.
nesting trays are sold in clear and brown colors, in a mixed system. This helps bees in orientation when building nests.
the nesting trays are covered with dust, which makes these nests more attractive for bees.
Nesting trays should be placed at any height, preferably not less than 1m from the ground, in a place providing protection against rain and wind, and must not be exposed to direct sunlight (high temperature during hot days may cause deformation of nesting trays and narrowing the nest channels)!
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