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Suppliers of Bees and Bee Equipment

Barry Wolf Farms
Box 6
Carrot River
Saskatchewan, CANADA; S0E 0L0
A source of leafcutter bees.

Bee Busters
George Bristol
P.O. Box 600
Pescadero, CA 94060
Raises and sells Osmia lignaria.

Bees West, Inc.
P.O. Box 1378
Freedom, CA 95019
Provide bumblebees (Bombus occidentalis, B. impatiens) and other commercial pollination services.

Benecia Garden & Nursery
Carol de Maintenon, Owner
126 East E Street
Benicia, CA 94510
[email protected]
Supplier of Osmia, condos, and straws.

Custom Paper Tubes, Inc.
P.O. Box 44187
Cleveland, OH 44144-0187
Provides fabricated-to-order paper tubers as solitary bee nesting materials.

Evan Sugden & Kristina Williams
9807 NE 140th St.
Bothell, WA 98011-5132
[email protected]
Services: pollination, consultation on rearing and pollination, presentations on bees, beekeeping, and pollination. Products: Osmia lignaria, bee blocks, paper nest inserts, pollination kits for beginners.

Tom Farmer
16021 Marsing Rd.
Caldwell, ID 83605
Raises and sells Osmia lignaria.

Brad Gill
P.O. Box 761
Rainier, WA 98576
360-894-3672 or
Raises and sells Osmia lignaria, nest blocks.

The Green Spot Ltd.
93 Priest Rd.
Nottingham, NH 03290-6204
[email protected]
Source of bumblebees.

Hydro-Gardens, Inc.
P.O. Box 25845
Colorado Springs, CO 80936
Source of bumblebees.

International Pollination Systems USA
16645 Plum Rd.
Caldwell, ID 83605
Provides consultant services, supplies, and breeding stock of various bees (Megachile rotundata, Osmia lignaria, Bombus occidentalis, B. impatiens) for commercial orchards and field crop growers.

International Pollination Systems Canada
Box 241
Fisher Branch, Manitoba
IPS' primary objective is to provide pollinating bees and assistance to growers who want to initiate their own pollination program or improve an existing one. They are providers of alkali bees (Nomia melanderi), blue orchard bees (Osmia lignaria), bumblebees (Bombus spp.), honeybees (Apis mellifera) and leafcutter bees (Megachile rotundata).

Jonesville Paper Tube Corporation
540 Beck St.
P.O. Box 39
Jonesville, MI 49250
[email protected]
Manufacturer of paper tubes for bees.

Knox Cellars
25724 NE 10th St.
Redmond, WA 98053
425-898-8070 FAX
[email protected]
Sells blue orchard bees (Osmia lignaria) along with nesting materials and education products about them. Provides starter kits called pollinators with three filled nests containing six to seven overwintering bees each. Also sells cardboard nesting tubes or assorted drilled pine boards as bee real estate ready to be hung on a wall and occupied by nesting females. Also sells bumblebee houses and education material about them.

Koppert Biological Systems, Inc.
28465 Beverly Rd.
Romulus, MI 48174
734-641-3793 FAX
Source of bumblebees.

Dale C. Nielson
530 East 600 South
Logan, UT 84321
[email protected]
Nesting tubes for Osmia lignaria & O. cornifrons

Orchard Bees
Greg Dickman
4391 County Rd. 35
Auburn, IN 46706-9794
219-925-5076 (home)
219-925-4414 (work)
Sell the blue orchard bee (Osmia lignaria), along with paper straws, cardboard nesting tubes, and a video on their life history and propagation. Bees are supplied during the fall, winter, and early spring as overwintering adults in their nesting tubes.

Pawood Bee Blocks
Box 415
Ambrose, ND 58833
Provides nesting blocks for hornfaced and orchard bees.

Plant Sciences, Inc.
342 Green Valley Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
Source of bumblebees.

Raintree Nursery
391 Butts Rd.
Morton, WA 98356
Bee blocks and bees.

Territorial Seed Company
20 Palmer Ave.
P.O. Box 157
Cottage Grove, OR 97424-0064
888-657-3131 FAX
Bee blocks and bees.

Ustick Bee Board Co.
11133 Ustick Rd.
Boise, ID 83704
Supplies wooden drilled bee nesting boards in addition to modern styrofoam nesting materials for the management of alfalfa leafcutter bees (Megachile rotundata).

Raymond D. Williams
P.O. Box 1943
Binghamton, NY 13902-1943
Supplies Osmia spp.

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I just ordered some mason bees and nesting tubes (and a bt house too) from this outfit in upstate NY:
They don't raise the bees themselves, they are a dealer- but they were very helpful on the phone and I liked their stuff. Got free shipping on an order over $100 (including my bat house).

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A new website that has been built by multiple commercial experts and ARS/Bee Lab support is

Crown Bees is an ethical company that is here to help the local gardener succeed with raising mason bees. Later, we're looking to go beyond mason bees to other native bees as people throughout North America become successful in managing them.

Ethical in the sense that we will not ship western blue orchard bees to customers east of the rockies and vice versa. We are attempting to find people raising eastern hornfaced bees or blue orchards... contact us.

You'll find innovative & quality products with low prices. We don't want costs to preclude people from raising native insects.


Dave Hunter, Owner
Crown Bees

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Bumblebee Economics by Bernd Heinrich. 2004. Harvard University Press.
-has great information and great appendices with plans for a bumblebee house and a bumblebee ID guide.

Bumblebee: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation by Dave Goulson. 2010. Oxford University Press.
-great information, extensive references. ID guide included but for UK bumblebee species.
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