Orders will ship on Thursdays ONLY. We will ship hives as soon as possible following orders being placed. Please make sure that your temperatures are appropriate for the bumblebees to survive. Sheltering the hive from the elements (sun and rain) can further enhance your hive's performance. Please call us at 1-800-827-2847 for further information and to place your order.
Bumblebees are used world-wide for the pollination of various crops helping growers reduce labor costs, improve fruit quality and increase production. They have proven to be more effective pollinators than honey bees both outdoors and in enclosures like greenhouses and tunnels. Additionally, they are far more resilient in low temperatures, low light intensities, and strong winds. Bumblebee releases should be made soon after first flowers appear.
What species of bee do we sell? Bombus impatiens were chosen for North America.
Why Bumble Bees? Bumble bees are extremely effective pollinators. They are known for their rapid work rate (visiting twice as many flowers per minute as honeybees) and can carry relatively heavy loads due to their size. These traits allow them to make long, productive foraging trips. Also, they often achieve better contact with stamens and pistils than smaller insects.
One important advantage of bumble bees over honey bees is the absence of a communication system. Honeybees communicate with each other to move to other locations that contain better or more abundant food sources meaning they can leave your growing setting without notice. Bumble bees lack such a communication system. Should an individual bumble bee find an attractive food source elsewhere, it cannot and will not inform its companions.
Another advantage of bumble bees over honeybees, which is particularly noticeable in fruit crops, is the fact that they are not tied to a specific area in the crop. They move from plant to plant and tree to tree more often and more easily than honeybees. This aids in cross-pollination which is often required in fruit (especially when it depends on pollen of special "pollinator trees").
Time releases based upon the specific crop(s) you are pollenizing. The Bumblebee Hives last one season - approximately 8 to 10 weeks.
- The Class A Large Hive covers 10,000 to 15,000 square feet.
- The Class B Hive covers 5,000 to 10,000 square feet.
- The Class C Hive covers up to 5,000 square feet.
All hives measure 14" X 12" X 9".
Available East of the Rocky Mountains.
Limited availability west of the Rockies. Call for more information.
When will my order be shipped?
- 5-7 Day leadtimes are required and order processing may take an additional 2 days.
- Orders ship Monday through Thursday via Next Day Air.
- No Saturday deliveries.
Bumblebee Hives Ship UPS Next Day AIR ONLY.