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There’s a species of solitary mason bees that make these pretty little nests for their larvae out of flower petals.

National Geographic December, 2010 / photo by: Jerome G. Brood cells with petal shingles : Osmia avosetta bees arrange flower petals to create beautiful and unique nests that swaddle their larvae in nutrients and warmth for the winter.

Osmia avosetta- solitary bee that makes its nest out of flower petals

Osmia avosetta- solitary bee that makes its nest out of flower petals

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Country garden, cottage garden rustic garden, garden art, Mason Bee house for beneficial bees, ladybug abode

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Blue Orchard Mason Bees are one of the first to emerge in the spring.

by Master Gardener, Brenda Johnson That BUZZ is excitement about a fantastic little pollinator Osmia Lignaria a. the Orchard Mason B.

Flower Sandwiches ~Not all bees nest in hives. An unusual species native to Turkey and Iran creates "flower sandwiches" out of petals and mud for its larvae. The bees fill the flower sandwiches with enough nectar and pollen to sustain a single egg. All in all, it's a rather pretty nursery.

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flower houses - not all bees nest in hives - an unusual species native to Turkey and Iran create homes out of petals and mud

A 5th grader made this awesome mason bee house for our community garden.  Coffee can, bamboo, paper.

A grader made this awesome mason bee house for our community garden. Coffee can, bamboo, paper. (easy way to add another bee apartment)

Coined the Osmia (Ozbekosima) avoseta bee, the insects use colorful flower petals to create papier-mache cocoons for their offspring.

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Multiple flower-lined nests of the O. avoseta bee are nestled in the ground. What beautiful artwork these bees make!

Osmia avosetta is a species of mason bee. It is solitary by nature, and is unique in its use of flower petals to construct nests for its larvae.

Pictures: Rare Bees Make Flower-Mud "Sandwiches". thanks to Deborah Barlow for this link.

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