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Keep Mason Bees and other native bees this spring!

While supplies last

mason bee or osmia lignaria emerging from a phragmite reed


  • UT-origin (6 fem. 9 males) $30.00
  • UT-origin (3 fem. 4 males) $15.00

We only ship adult Mason Bee (Osmia lignaria propinqua) pupae to the Intermountain West within the United States. Cocoons will begin to be shipped in December 2013.

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(Osmia lignaria propinqua)

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Orchardist Bee Condos, Available March 2014

While supplies last

Native Beekeepers rejoice! The days of single cavity harvesting are over. Remove mason bee cocoons from 24 cavities at once with a single “dump.” Saving bee management time saves you time and money. Our unique Native Bee habitat is sealed with beeswax and comes with 5 female and 8 male mason bees (Osmia lignaria propinqua). Start propagating mason bees next spring for less than $100!

Loose Cell Cocoon Access Bee Condo

Contact at 801.458.0282 for questions.

Gardening for Native Bees in Utah and Beyond

Download this USU Extension Service bee-friendly plant guide for a detailed analysis of trees, bushes, perennials and annuals that are attractive to bees.

Phacelia tanacetifolia and Phacelia ciliata seeds are also available for purchase from

Colony Collapse Disorder, the honeybee (apis) problem

Because our emphasis is related to commercial apis beekeeping, we are often asked about Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. There are many facts available from scientists and commercial beekeepers about CCD. NativeBees' associates recently attended a USDA Pollinator Conference in Utah that revealed excellent statistics about CCD, listed below.

The most common REPORTED causes of honeybee losses from 2008-2009:

  1. Starvation: affected 41% of participating beekeepers
  2. Queen failure
  3. Weather
  4. Mites
  5. Too weak in the fall
  6. Nosema (dyssentary)
  7. Management
  8. CCD
  9. Pesticides

vanEngelsdorp, Hayes, Underwood, Pettis. 2010.
A survey of honey bee colony losses in the United States, fall 2008 to spring 2009.
J. Apicul. Res. Vol 49, p 11.

Colonies affected by CCD

YearManaged honeybee losses (apis)
Prior to Varroa Mite (U.S. invasion began in 1987)5-10%
Prior to CCD (began in 2006)15-20%
06-07 CCD (Winter)32%
07-08 CCD (Winter)36%
08-09 CCD (Winter)29%

James, Rosalind. June 25, 2010 Logan, UT. "Pollinator Workshop: Discovering the World of Bees", p.98.

As shown, the largest cause for managed honeybee losses is starvation, which is a human mismanagement problem.

Mason Bee Home “Squatters”

Mason Bees are not the only creature that inhabits the .27" to .33" diameter hole. Ladybugs and Isodontia (the grass-carrying wasp) can take residence in your mason bee homes, depending on your location and climate. Although the wasp that builds these nest can appear frightneningly scary, don't be alarmed. It does not typically go after humans, just tree crickets.

Isodontia Grass Nest within reed and Ladybug beneath the grass mason bee nest

Survey for Mason Bee Owners

To assist in furthering our native bee environments,
take the Mason Bee Owner's 10-Question Survey!

Phragmite Reeds for Mason Bees (Osmia lignaria)

$10 for 50 reeds. One order per customer
Our reeds are grown in Utah and are natural and completely harmless to solitary bees. Because reed openings and lengths vary in size, reeds offer an advantage over the dimensional uniformity of mason bee straws and tubes. Hollow reeds make perfect nesting homes for Mason Bees (Osmia Lignaria) and other native bee species that assist in pollination, but also require more time and safety precaution when accessing the cocoons. Reeds vary in size from 5" to 9" in length. Diameter of opening is between .27" and .35"

$10 payments may be made through PayPal by clicking “Send Money” to
For questions about reeds send us an e-mail.