BeeGAP membership

How it works?

A BeeGAP membership is an annual subscription which puts leafcutter bees in your garden - helping you gain greater yields through effective and efficient pollination.

BeeGAP has designed it's membership to make raising leafcutter and wild solitary bees as easy as possible. We take care of things such as bee health, over-wintering and pre-incubation to encourage earlier emergence. This ensures greater success raising bees - while you gain pollination benefits for your fruit, veges and flowers.

Increase Bee Numbers

Increase bee numbers by providing suitable nesting habitat. This encourages solitary bees to take up residence around your garden throughout the year.

Improve Pollination

Crops that are well pollinated grow fruit and vegetables that are rounder, fuller, larger and sometimes even tastier than under pollinated crops.

Discover Solitary Bees

Alongside the introduce leafcutter bee, there are many native species of solitary bees found in New Zealand which are highly beneficial to our gardens.

BeeGAP membership - an exciting journey

Experience how the wild bees hatch, diligently collect pollen and create their offspring ready for the following year.

BeeGAP - Step 1

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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.

BeeGAP - Step 2

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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.

BeeGAP - Step 3

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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.

BeeGAP - Step 4

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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.

BeeGAP - Step 5

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In May, BeeGAP will send you replacement nesting tunnels, along with packaging & freight ticket for last seasons nesting tunnels to be sent back to BeeGAP for the professional BeeCare process to begin. Further info on BeeCare here.

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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.

Worth knowing about the BeeGAP membership

Fascinating leafcutter bees

Leafcutter bees are fascinating to watch. They are incredible pollinators that will work many crop in your garden. The leafcutter bee is a solitary bee however it's gregarious nature means it likes to nest alongside other bees.

Leafcutter bees carry pollen on their hairy underside as they fly from plant to plant gather leaf pieces and pollen to provision their young for the next season. Each leafcutter bee can provision between 15-30 new cocoons during her life time which is typically around 12-16 weeks. Leafcutter bees are great to watch as they are friendly and don't sting.

Pollination with leafcutter bees

Leafcutter bees are excellent generalist pollinators which will pollinate a wide variety of fruit, nuts, herbs, vegetables and flowers. Leafcutter bees are a summer pollinator which can will work your garden through late spring and summer.

Unlike honey bees, leafcutter bees will remain reasonably close to their BeeHome and won't generally fly more than 800 meters from their home, meaning your leafcutter bees provide pollination within your garden.

Pollination with leafcutter bees

BeeCare Package

Why is BeeCare useful?

BeeCare is a unique package designed by BeeGAP to care for your bees throughout the autumn and winter to help ensure your bee success. BeeGAP uses best practices to over-winter, control pests & parisites, monitor and track the wild solitary bees you're helping to raise.

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