The Orchard mason bee (Osmia lignaria propinqua Cresson)

the life history, biology, propagation, and use of a North American native bee by Brian L. Griffin

Publisher: Knox Cellars Pub. in Bellingham, WA

Written in English
Published: Pages: 128 Downloads: 159
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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 124-125).

Statementby Brian L. Griffin ; illustrated by Susan Smith and the author.
LC ClassificationsSF539.8.O73 G74 1999
The Physical Object
Paginationxvi, 128 p. :
Number of Pages128
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL58255M
ISBN 10096358412X
LC Control Number99076132

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Griffin and Sharon Smith | out of 5 stars Orchard Mason Bees. The orchard mason bee (Osmia lignaria) is a gentle beneficial insect that has potential as a pollinator of apples, cherries, and other tree fruits. It is found throughout most of North America, particularly in wooded areas but often around homes in towns and cities.

Osmia lignaria, commonly known as the orchard mason bee or blue orchard bee, is a megachilid bee that makes nests in reeds and natural holes, creating individual cells for its brood that are separated by mud dividers.

Unlike carpenter bees, it cannot drill holes in wood. lignaria is a common species used for early spring fruit bloom in Canada and the United States, though a number of other Class: Insecta.

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Orchard Mason Bee Overview The orchard mason bee, Osmia lignaria, is an effective early pollinator native to the Western US and Canada. It emerges in the spring, before honeybees.

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Blue orchard mason bee (Osmia lignaria). There are a number of bees, called mason bees, that are very good at pollinating fruit trees, so much so that they are also known as orchard bees. They are related to other orchard pollinators like the leaf cutter bees featured in previous Pollinator of the Month highlights (see Leaf Cutting Bees.

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Orchard mason bees nest in holes in wood. In nature, these can be holes made by borers, grubs, or woodpeckers. Many vendors sell nesting “blocks” and there are several designs (more on this later).

The female orchard mason bee visits flowers to collect pollen for her young. The Orchard Bee Association (OBA) is dedicated to building the Osmia industry for improved fruit and nut production.

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Learn about keeping orchard mason bees. In late winter, hang your mason bee nest against a wall in a sunny location that has morning light. Placing it about eye level is best. That way you can watch them coming and going. Consider putting the cocoons out near or on the nest in early March.

Choose a warm sunny day with little wind. If using the bees for pollinating your fruit trees, wait until. Two species of mason bees (in the genus Osmia) are currently being used on a limited basis for tree fruit pollination: the blue orchard bee (Osmia lignaria) and the Japanese orchard bee (Osmia cornifrons).The latter was introduced by the USDA into Mid-Atlantic region fruit orchards from Japan in the s.

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The blue orchard bee, Osmia lignaria, native to North America, has been developed as a pollinator for orchard crops. It is also known as the orchard mason bee because it uses mud to build its nests. The blue or-Cited by: