Products & Services
Mason bees, also known as Blue Orchard Bees, or BOBs, are native North American bees. Like all bees they visit flowers for nectar and pollen and in so doing pollinate or fertilize the flowers. BOBs are very efficient compared to honey bees. They are reluctant to sting, are educational, and can be easily cultivated. If you are looking for fruit or berry pollination, BOBs could be a solution for you. Learn more about BOBs. Read about our bee products.
Supplies for BOB culture
BOBs are solitary. Females build nests in tubular holes about 5/16 in. (6.5-7 mm) in diameter. They can be found nesting in many human-made materials and it is easy to attract them to artificial nest boxes with many holes. Years of scientific research have shown how to get maximum BOB nesting. Nest boxes should be lined with removable inserts which are replaced each year so the bees always have clean nests. Read more about BOB cultivation with the straw insert system.
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Science & Education
One picture is worth 1000 words. A good illustration can transform a publication or a boring wall. We have been illustrating scientific articles and books since 1980. Our techniques include traditional pen & ink, computer graphics, traditional and digital photography. Need a picture? Check out what we offer.
The next best thing to experiencing nature is to take in a good exhibit, and with effective interpretive information, you might learn more in a short time than you would in the field. We have been bringing science and nature to life in exhibits since 1996, including living and non-living displays. Have a look at what we can do.
Writing & Editing
We are scientists by training and have spent large parts of our careers writing science at levels ranging from lay to technical. We offer writing and editorial services for all types of biological media. You can check out a publications list here.
We solve problems with design! We have experience in devising efficient, attractive, and cost-effective solutions to problems such as storage in small spaces, security, and energy conservation. Have a look at our solutions gallery.
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