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 150 pre-incubated leafcutter bees, member discounts 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 late April / early May, it's time to open up the BeeHome, check on our bees and start the over-wintering process. This only takes a few minutes each year and we have an quick easy to follow video with instructions for this.
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.
A garden without a BeeHome is a sad garden! I look forward to spring every year when I receive my population of bees arrive.