Why Bumblebees?

Bumblebees are exceptionally good at what they do, better in many respects than honeybees. Scientists believe that 200 bumblebees are comparable to 10,000 honeybees in some crops!

Compared with honeybees, bumblebees are/will:
  • Buzz pollinate
    • Better pollen extraction and vital in a number of crops
  • Move more pollen
    • Bigger, hairier body collects more pollen
  • Deposit more pollen
    • Make better and more consistent contact with the important parts of the flower
  • Visit more flowers
    • Forage faster and for more of the day
  • Achieve more cross-pollination
    • More effective between cultivars
  • Adapt to more environments
    • Work under more types of crop cover, including enclosed greenhouses
  • Work in much more marginal conditions
    • Store less nectar so must forage on most days
    • Much more active in darker, colder, wetter and windier weather, so a lot busier in winter and early spring
    • Provide greater pollination reliability
  • Allow more crop management options
    • Capability to return bees home and lock down hives if spraying
    • Self-manage
      • Easily move hives between crops or sites
      • Place them where optimal not just where convenient
  • Reduce the movement of vehicles and people on your property
    • Couriered to the customers door or place of their choosing
    • Better disease management, e.g. PSA
  • Less aggressive
  • Available year round, when needed

About us

New Zealand's only specialised producer of bumblebee hives for pollination services.

Bumblebees are our trade!

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Email: office@biobees.co.nz

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