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Mason Bees

how to manage blue orchard Mason bees

Link for downloading the book provided by the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

Ecology and Economics of Using Native Managed Bees for Almond Pollination
Koh et al. 2017

Published in the Journal of Economic Entomology


Osmia lignaria, the blue orchard bee - BOB for short - is a solitary mason bee that lives in tunnels or cavities. Researchers on the Integrated Crop Pollination Project discovered that using managed BOBs and honey bees together improves pollination and increases nut set in almonds.

Pollinating Almonds with Blue Orchard Mason Bees:
Click here for downloadable PDF. 

Latest published research on the utilization of the BOB in almond orchards in California done by researchers at the USDA Logan, Utah Bee Lab.

Presented by: Theresa Pitts-Singer, Utah State University for the ICP 2017 Bee Health Webinar Series: Ensuring Crop Pollination in US Specialty Crops

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Leafcutter Bees

incubation calendar

28-day incubation instructions for alfalfa leafcutting bee


other resources

project apis m., seeds for bees

Seed mixes and methods to establish forage that supports pollinators in California's orchards.