Raise & Release your wild native bees with one Beestra
When the flowers are blooming...
First step. Get a new Beestra delivered for 20 bucks and put it in a good location.
2. Spring & Summer. Your Beestra should look like this. Install her when there are flowers.
3. In late summer, we hope you have bees in your tubes. The map caps or grass caps are good indicators. Sometimes you can't see the mud because the tube is only partially filled.
When the flowers go away...
4. Late summer/fall. Remove the screen.
5. Inside your Beestra is a small plate we call the Springboard. Pull it out.
6. The Springboard looks like this.
7. Bend the wings of the Springboard.
8. The Springboard fits into the Beestra case.
9. The Springboard fits snug and your bees are inside.
10. If you are worried about predators like rascally squirrels, you can replace the metal screen. You can leave your Beestra outside or place it in a protected, but unconditioned space for a long winter snooze. Your bees spend most of their lives safe and sound in your Beestra.
In the Spring as the first flowers appear...
11. In early Spring, when temperatures are above 55 degrees F, cut out the emerge hole and replace the Springboard back into the Beestra case.
12. Your Springboard is in place and the bees are ready to emerge. See how there's space in front of the tubes to allow the bees to leave?
Then, recycle your old Beestra & install a new one...