Identify Types of Bees: The Osmia Mason Bee

Bees of the Osmia genus are frequently called “Mason Bees,” and they’re most common in the western United States. They differ from other types of bees because of their unusual nesting habits.

Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies and some beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants, but North America's native pollinators face multiple threats to their health and habitat. In "Attracting Native Pollinators," the Xerces Society offers a complete action plan for protecting these industrious animals by providing flowering habitat and nesting sites while also providing specifics for identifying types of bees and other pollinating insects.
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