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solitary bee

noun
1.
any of numerous bees, as the leaf-cutting bees, that do not live in a community.
Compare social bee.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30
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  • What appears to be part of a spring wedding bouquet is actually a nest for a rare species of solitary bee, a new study says.
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Encyclopedia Article for solitary bee

digger bee

any of a group of bees (order Hymenoptera), particularly the genus Andrena. Many species are medium-sized bees with reddish-golden hair and long, prominent abdomens. Females excavate tunnels in the soil that branch off to individual cells that the female stocks with pollen balls and nectar, on which she lays her eggs. There may be one or two generations per year. The adult has a relatively short and pointed "tongue," unsuitable for general foraging but, within each species, adapted to nectar-gathering from certain types of flowers

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