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blue orchard bee

blue orchard bee

The blue orchard bee (Osmia lignaria) is a solitary, cavity-nesting bee that holds potential as an alternative managed pollinator to honey bees. A simple change to the arrangement of nest-box locations for O. lignaria in an orchard is a step toward more cost-effective management practices. (Photo credit: Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org)

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