Orchard Bees in the News 

More and more information is being shared in the media about solitary bees. 
See below for the latest published news and videos about Osmia species.  

Plan bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators

The New York Times
By Catherine M. Allchin
Originally published August 21st 2018

Honeybees are under siege, straining the business of farming. Now growers are turning to other bee species to help their crops.

Watch This Bee Build Her Bee-jeweled Nest | Deep Look

KQED Science
By Gabriela Quirós
Originally published on August 7, 2018

A new type of bee is buzzing through California's orchards. And researchers are hoping that the iridescent, greenish insect may help provide a more efficient way to pollinate nuts and fruits in an era when traditional honeybees have struggled.


Published on Apr 4, 2017
Presented by Theresa Pitts-Singer, Utah State University for the ICP 2017 

Project Integration Crop Pollination

Project ICP is conducting research and extension nationwide on farm management practices that increase wild bees and on techniques for managing alternative bees for pollination. 

How to Manage Blue Orchard Bees for Almond Pollination

Project Integrated Crop Pollination
Published on Jun 30, 2017

Pollinating Almonds with Blue Orchard Bees: Impacts on yield and insight into sustainable bee production

USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Theresa Pitts-Singer, Natalie Boyle, Diana Cox-Foster,
and Derek Artz