This megachilid bee is widespread in Eastern North America and is an effective pollinator of blueberry. It has been evaluated for commercial use and is occasionally used as a managed blueberry pollinator. (Drummond and Stubbs, 1997)
Females are solitary and nest above ground, in raspberry or blackberry cane, or in burrows in wood previously dug by other insects. (They take well to artificial wooden nesting blocks with holes drilled in them.) They seal their nests with plant fiber which they chew to a pulp. (UMaine Extension No. 2420)
- Bees - 301-Field Conservation Management of Native Leafcutting and Mason Osmia Bees. 2000. Fact Sheet No. 301, UMaine Extension No. 2420. Published and distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914, by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
- F. A. Drummond, C. S. Stubbs. 1997. POTENTIAL FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE BLUEBERRY BEE, OSMIA ATRIVENTRIS CRESSON. ISHS Acta Horticulturae 446: VI International Symposium on Vaccinium Culture
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