Yes. Checking your leafcutter bee cocoons to check what stage of development your bees are at involves selecting 2-3 cocoons and slicing (with a scalpel or sharp utility knife) the end off each cocoon and looking to see what stage the bee is at. The bee will either be a plump white grub - meaning the bee is still in the early stages of development, or resemble the look of a fully developed bee - meaning the bee is in the final stage of development. Please note this process may render the bees you’ve selected non-viable after cutting the ends of the cocoon, although it is worth keeping those cocoons in the house in the event they do continue to emerge.
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- When will my leafcutter bees emerge?
- What is leafcutter bee emergence?
- What triggers leafcutter bee emergence?
- When will I see leafcutter bee activity?
- What is leafcutter bee activity?
- I'm not seeing any leafcutter bee activity, is this normal?
- Not all my leafcutter cocoons emerged, why is this?
- Does weather effect leafcutter bee activity?
- Is the positioning of my leafcutter house important?
- Can I tell if my leafcutter bees have emerged?