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Karen Nothacker

It would have been thoughtful if you had provided approximate length of the various species - there is quite a difference in size of the various bees.

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djrogers955 - I don't have a specific article about mason bees (Osmia spp.) on Houzz to refer you to so here's a little information: Mason bees belong to the leafcutter bee family, a family of bees where the females collect pollen on the bottom of their abdomens. Most mason bees nest above ground in preexisting cavities such as holes in wood or hollow plant stems. They will readily use supplemental man-made cavity nests as a nesting site. Many species are just smaller than a honey bee, robustly shaped, and metallic blue or green in color. Peak mason bee activity is typically in early spring from mid-April to mid June. They are excellent pollinators of fruit trees including apples, cherries, and plums.


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Karen Nothacker - yes but there is a lot of variation in size for a given genus of bees so sometimes including sizes is not helpful. I do have size ranges of 39 genera in my new book Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide which includes a silhouette of the smallest and largest species illustrating the range.

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