Osmia californica

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Osmia californica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Megachilidae
Genus: Osmia
Species: O. californica
Binomial name
Osmia californica
Cresson, 1864

Osmia californica is a megachilid bee, or mason bee. Native to North America, the mason bees are important pollinators. O. californica generally emerges a little later in the spring than the better known orchard mason bee (O. lignaria). Like the orchard mason bee, O. californica is a solitary nester.