WHY LEAFCUTTER BEES?
Extend the life of your bee display
Leafcutter bees and Mason bees share the same housing, with only the nesting materials and some accessories being different. Mason bees have a limited selling season due to their preference for daytime temperatures ranging from 55°F to 75°F. On the other hand, Leafcutter bees thrive in temperatures between 75°F and 110°F, allowing their season to extend well into August. Just imagine the opportunity to provide valuable pollinator bees from March all the way through mid-August.
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Despite being equally productive as Mason bees, Leafcutter bees have remained somewhat mysterious. Their name evokes images of swarms of locusts descending upon and devouring everything in sight. If the species had been named by a marketing team instead of entomologists, the perception might have been different.
However, consumer interest is growing, and people are discovering the remarkable pollination capabilities of Leafcutter bees. At Crown Bees retail, we have witnessed a significant annual increase in orders for Leafcutter bees. In response to repeated requests, we have decided to make Leafcutters available to our wholesale market. In other words, Leafcutter bees are gaining rapid popularity and demand.
Desirable pollinators for summer gardens
While gardeners depend on Mason bees for pollinating their spring fruit trees, berries, and early spring gardens, the question arises: What about the summer garden? Tomatoes, peppers, squash, peas, and numerous native plants greatly benefit from the remarkable pollination abilities of Leafcutter bees. These industrious bees play a vital role in ensuring the successful pollination of a diverse range of crops and plants during the summer season.
On a near-daily basis, we receive inquiries about which plants are best for attracting bees. While we offer books and articles on the subject, our primary advice is to consult with your local nursery. As experts in beekeeping, we defer to your expertise in plants.
To enhance our collaboration, we propose co-branding an informational QR code. This way, you can showcase a curated list of pollinator plants that you wish to highlight. You might consider including a selection of Leafcutter-friendly plants in your bee displays or featuring a laminated list of bee-friendly plants that you want to promote.
You can reverse the cross-marketing approach, where, for instance, your tomato plant section mentions the importance of valuable pollinators, such as Leafcutter bees. By combining our knowledge and resources, we can provide customers with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between plants and pollinators.
Summer is the perfect season for customer events, and hosting workshops on Leafcutter bees or pollinators in general can be a fantastic way to educate your customers while boosting sales of both pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants. To support your efforts, we invite you to explore the "BEE KNOWLEDGEABLE" tab on our retail website, which offers a wealth of tutorials and videos that you are free to utilize. We even provide PowerPoint presentations dedicated to both Mason and Leafcutter bees.
And hey, why not combine the educational experience with some fun? How about hosting a workshop with hot dogs and a focus on Leafcutter bees? It's a unique and engaging way to attract attendees and foster a deeper appreciation for these remarkable pollinators.