Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bees Use Flower Petals To Make Beautiful Nests

Osmia (Ozbekosima) avoseta is a rare, solitary type of bee that makes tiny nests by plastering together flower petals. Each lovely cocoon surrounds a single egg, protecting it while it develops into an adult bee. It takes a day or two for the mother bee to collect the petals, glue them together with nectar, reinforce the inside with mud and apply another layer of petals to the interior.

The bee may create as many as 10 of these nests. After laying a single egg inside she closes the opening to the nest.

Read more: NPR


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