I know that this is an old thread, but I am so excited! My bees are hatching and are all over the yard. If I didn't know they were so docile I'd be scared. Several were landing on me and crawling all over my head and arms. We should have about 1,800 hatch this Spring. It seemed like there were several hundred flying about the backyard this afternoon. Their job is to pollinate the flowering fruits, cherries, pears, plums, blueberries for us. We are making an effort to increase the genetic diversity by trading bees cocoons with friends.
Here are 2 pictures. One is a beautiful female sitting on a Kalmia leaf, and the other is some girls laying eggs in the tubes.