While honey bees are getting all the attention, the hard working mason bee is  getting the job done.

Not only is it native, the mason or orchard bee (Osmia lignaria)  is said to be a more effective pollinator than it’s European cousin the honeybee. It is also a solitary bee, less aggressive than hive dwellers.

If you want to eat your peas with honey, you’ll need to have Apis nearby. But if you need your fruits pollinated, you’ll want to reach for the mason bee (and unless you squeeze it, the bee won’t sting).

You can find more on mason bees here and here.

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