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In Japan, the blue orchard bee (Osmia lignaria) has been used to pollinate fruit orchards since the 1960s.
1 & 3 Beetles and spiders shelter between pieces of wood; the slender drill holes make good nests for solitary bees like carpenter and blue orchard bees.
Cane estimates that, under good conditions, blue orchard bee populations could "increase by as much as four- to fivefold a year" in a well-designed, well-managed bee pasture.
At NCRPIS, two species of mason bees--the hornfaced bee (Osmia cornifrons) and the blue orchard bee (Osmia lignaria)--stay busy even when some other pollinators find fluctuating springtime temperatures too cool.
aglaia relative, the blue orchard bee (Osmia lignaria), has proved energetic in pollinating cherries and some other fruits.
In an experiment with blue orchard bees, Pitts-Singer, and colleagues--including Christelle Guedot, now a post-doc with ARS at Wapato, Washington, and Buckner--used slender glass tubes, about the same width and length as a hole drilled in a typical nesting board, to spy on female bees that were using the glassware as a home.
The researchers also found that blue orchard bee populations continued to increase throughout the study.
of Caldwell, Idaho, for instance, aims to streamline use of the friendly blue orchard bee as an almond pollinator.