In North America we have over 4,000 bee species! A large majority of these bees are solitary bees. But, what are solitary bees? Solitary bees are very different from the bees we all have in mind. They do not swarm and do not produce honey. Instead of hives they build nests to house very small amounts of young that remain dormant until the next year.
These nests are maintained by a single female and are often kept in clusters of other nests. Some females will even share a nest entrance, but never nest cells. (Nest cells are where the young are stored.) Some bees will even cooperate to care for the young. In these nest cells the female bees will place a mixture of pollen and nectar to lay their egg on. When the young hatch for the eg they will eat this mixture before forming a cocoon to stay in until the next year.
Fun Fact: Only females have the ability to sting, but these stings are extremely rare!
The most common solitary bees are:
Chocolate Mining Bees
The Wool Carder Bee
The Hairy-Footed Flower Bee
Ashy Mining Bees
Carpenter-mimic Leafcutter Bees
For more information on these amazing bees you can watch this video --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf8QyIF3eoY
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