Definition of mining bee in English:

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mining bee

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A solitary bee that builds long underground tunnels containing nest chambers.
  • Andrena and other genera, family Apidae.
Example sentences
  • Lured inside by droplets of sweet fluid (lady's slippers don't secrete true nectar), the pollinator, most often a mining bee, can escape only through one of two small exits at the sac's rear.
  • But no, its a cleptoparasitic Cuckoo bee, the likes of which preys on mining bees like the one above.
  • Several of the more distinctive species of mining bee from the family Andrenidae have been illustrated.

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