Raise perfectly harmless and gentle natured leafcutter and solitary bees at home. Improve the pollination situation in New Zealand, increase bee diversity and help raise bee numbers.
Leafcutter and solitary bees are safe around children and pets, and provide a wonderful opportunity to visually learn about the lifecycle of bees and observe pollination in action.
Easy to raise, gentle-natured and very cute. All you need is a BeeGAP membership, a BeeHome and a few minutes each year. Membership is only $99.99 per year and includes 75 pre-incubated leafcutter bees, access to BeeCare and much more.
Video: An introduction to gentle-natured non-stinging leafcutter bees
Experience how the wild bees hatch, diligently collect pollen and create their offspring ready for the following year.
With a BeeGAP membership you will receive a starting population of leafcutter bee cocoons in the spring-summer. These bee cocoons are placed inside your bee house to incubate as the weather warms. Ensure your bee house is in a sunny location.
The leafcutter bees will being to hatch throughout the summer. A few days after the males and females leave the nest, and the mating season begins. Leafcutter bees are completely harmless, gentle natured and safe around children & pets.
After the mating season the females build their nests. They collect pollen and nectar for their offspring, provisioning it all within a small cocoon. During this time the bees pollinate wild plants, fruit trees & veges within a radius of up to 800 meters.
Once a nesting tunnel is full, the female will close off the end of that tunnel using either clay, mud, plant fibres or leaf pieces - leaving inside her next generation of offspring. She repeats this process many times throughout the spring-summer.
In May, BeeGAP opens up it's optional BeeCare programme to all members where the seasons nesting tunnels to be sent back to BeeGAP for the professional BeeCare process to begin. Further info on BeeCare here.
Through spring-summer all active BeeGAP members will receive their new allocation of leafcutter bees ready for the next season. The cycle repeats - with you helping raise wild solitary bees & gaining pollination benefits in your garden.
Bees pollinate ⅓ of our food supply and ⅓ of the feed for our meat sources nationwide.
However, many bee species are in decline and need our support.
Member price: $39.99
BeeCare is provided free with every BeeGAP membership.
BeeCare is a unique concept designed by BeeGAP to care for your solitary bees throughout the autumn and winter to help ensure your bee success.
BeeCare protects your bees by carefully harvesting, assessing, monitoring and over-wintering them. BeeGAP also guarantees your leafcutter bee population by providing you with at least 50 healthy leafcutter bees pre-incubated in spring ready for the upcoming season.
For more information on BeeCare and how it works, click here to learn more.
A garden without a BeeHome is a sad garden! I look forward to spring every year when I receive my population of bees arrive.