700 cocoons of Red Mason Bee (Osmia rufa L. / Osmia bicornis)
This amount is enough for half a hectare of apple and pear orchard. Check the recommended numbers of bees for 1ha of of other crops: (click here)
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.
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 sending shipment containing cocoons: November 2019. You can place reservations by contact form.
"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%.
- 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
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