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Metallic blue bees?

 
Shawn Harper
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So someone mentioned blue bees, I would love to know more. Also any other unique colored bees would be cool to hear.
 
Jeremy Stevens
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Back home we called em dirt dobbers. Not sure if there's a technical name for them.

Is this what you're talking about?
 
tel jetson
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try Osmia indeprensa. there are likely others.
 
Jordan Lowery
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Here is an image of what I call the metallic blue bees to those new to solitary bees.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Osmia_ribifloris_bee.jpg

There are many species of bees most have never known existed. The photo above is in poor light when the sun hits them right they almost glow.

My favorite plants to attract them are sages in bloom, more native bees on one plant than I've been able to find.
 
Shawn Harper
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Ty guys, someone mentioned them in another thread, and it got my curiosity.
 
Alison Thomas
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We have some fabulous enormous black/purple bees here that look as though they have metallic blue wings in the sunlight.

Here's a link to a picture of them (my wire for uploading my own photos is MIA at the mo) http://johnbokma.com/mexit/2006/12/31/the-tame-carpenter-bee.html
 
Chuck Williams
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Your friend was probably referring to blue orchard bees, or BOBs. They are gentle mason bees, solitary pollinators, which many orchards use because of concerns over colony collapse disorder and africanization associated with honey bees. Here is a look.
 
Kota Dubois
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These little 5mm beauties are my favourites. They pollinate up a storm and are very well mannered. Augochlora Green Metallic Bee.
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