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    Default Looking for leaf-cutter bee cocoons

    Hello,

    Does anyone know where these can be purchased? I friend in Northern Virginia would like to get some for her bee house..

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Looking for leaf-cutter bee cocoons

    I have 49 leafcutter cocoons left.
    Zone 5 @ 4700 ft. High Desert

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    Default Re: Looking for leaf-cutter bee cocoons

    Thanks.. I'll pass along your e-mail address..

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    Default Re: Looking for leaf-cutter bee cocoons

    Before sending insect cocoons back and forth to different areas of the US, we really should first determine the exact species and make sure they are already common to both areas. We can wreack havoc on the ecology system if we inadvertantly introduce new species to a region. For that reason we never ship western blue orchard cocoons to the east coast, nor eastern blue orchard bees to the west coast.

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    Default Re: Looking for leaf-cutter bee cocoons

    Does anyone know of any sources for the eastern blue orchard bees? Everyone I have checked with are either sold out, or they don't specify which breed so I am guessing they are the west coast species

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    Default Re: Looking for leaf-cutter bee cocoons

    Quote Originally Posted by Omie View Post
    Before sending insect cocoons back and forth to different areas of the US, we really should first determine the exact species and make sure they are already common to both areas. We can wreack havoc on the ecology system if we inadvertantly introduce new species to a region.
    The Canadians should quit importing leafcutters and mason bees into all regions of the U.S. then eh

    Species: http://www.entomology.ualberta.ca/se...era&c=7&s=5849

    Range: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20m?k...hile+rotundata

    Importation of Bees other than Honey Bees
    The following five species can be imported from Canada under the Requirements for the Importation of Bees other than Honey Bees:

    Bumblebees of the species, Bombus impatiens and Bombus occidentalis
    Alfalfa leafcutter bee, Megachile rotundata
    Blue orchard bee, Osmia lignaria
    Horn-faced bee, Osmia cornifrons

    Since the government doesn't regulate where these bees are shipped, I should? Even though they range the united states? wow. You assumed I was ignorant of these things. Guess we know what someone makes of themselves when one assumes. Thanks for that.
    Last edited by rwurster; 02-08-2012 at 10:38 AM.
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    Default Re: Looking for leaf-cutter bee cocoons

    What i posted is established common sense that most people who sell, buy, and ship insects are already, or should be, aware of. I don't assume anything- no need to bristle and sputter as though it were some personal attack. You are not the only person reading this thread -either now or in the future, and many folks, especially new beekeeper/gardeners, are not aware of species transport precautions and regulations at all. It's good for all of us all to be thoughtful when shipping insects. All you need to do is respond that you are aware of such things.

    Your quote of regulations does actually specify a particular species of leafcutter bee, not just any old leafcutter bee. And there are eastern and western varieties of blue orchard bees, some mason bee suppliers I know will not ship one species to the coast where the other species is established instead. The hornfaced bee species Osmia cornifrons is already established in various regions and on both coasts so there is no harm in distributing them between coasts.

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    Default Re: Looking for leaf-cutter bee cocoons

    Eggerman Farms out of Saskatchewan, Canada ships leafcutter bee cocoons to the U.S. Their region on Canada is in the only place in the world that raises leafcutters free from chalkbrood disease. I would definitely not buy bees from down here as they are guaranteed to have disease.
    eggermanfarms.com

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