Definition of mason bee in English:

Share this entry

mason bee

noun

A solitary bee which lays its eggs in cavities, constructing cells of sand and other particles glued together with saliva.
  • Osmia and other genera, family Apidae.
Example sentences
  • We investigated the effects of distance and flower density of two flower species on pollen collection by providing nest locations for the mason bee Osmia lignaria in natural settings.
  • It's easy to make a mason bee house by drilling holes into a block of untreated wood.
  • Here, beekeepers in a Herefordshire, England, orchard use smoke to subdue a hive, mostly likely a species of mason bee.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: mason bee

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.