Native Bees

Did you know that Colorado is home to over 900 species of native bees? Almost all are solitary, and about 75% live in the ground. They need help too, and you can easily plant forage and create nesting habitat. If a huge box of stinging insects (a honey bee hive) doesn't sound like your cup of tea, read on.

Local Product Sources for Native Bees:


Applewood Seed Company
BBB Seed Company
Granite Seed Company

Harlequin's Gardens


Harlequin's Gardens

Native Bee Websites:

The Xerces Society
Pollinator Partnership

US Fish and Wildlife Service
Colorado Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
Pollinator Partnership
Resources for Alternative Pollinators–A compiled list of websites. Very cool and easy to use.
Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation

Alternative Pollinator ID:

Bumblebee Butt Guide
Bugwood Insect Images
A link to a study on native bee populations

Planting for Pollinators:

See CSBA’s listings here
Build your own nest box!
Check out these Bug Hotels! Beautiful!