Which is why Lightner and Hunter argue the world needs to pay attention to the mason bee. They're solitary (which means no costly hives to maintain), easy-to-raise, more productive at pollinating than honeybees, not aggressive, and resilient to Colony Collapse Disorder. In other words, they're the bee that we need. More than six years ago, Gizmag reported on how we need to pay more attention to the mason bee; in other words, this is no new news. But what is news is that the honeybee population has only declined since 2010, and we're still not paying attention to the mason bee. Their main downside is that they don't produce honey, but considering all their advantages, we can live with that.