I learned about and saw my first Orchard Mason bee this weekend, helping friends/neighbors put up a bee house as part of just hanging out.
They are cute, green and fuzzy! They look like houseflies in their greenness but they are fuzzy like the bees that we’re used to (but that are apparently not native to the U.S.).
While we were figuring out the logistics of bee house hanging, one of the cocoons warmed up enough to hatch and a cute fuzzy little bee came out.
The house my neighbor put up is sold by Our Native Bees.