Rare Bee Species Lives Alone, Makes Nest Out of Flower Petals

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When we think of bees, we often think of a cartoon-like swarm that populates a giant hive. But a rare new species discovered in the Middle East is about to change all of that. The Osmia avoseta is a solitary bee that constructs its nest from petals creating a cocoon-like dwelling for its larvae.

"It's not common for bees to use parts of plants for nests," says Dr. Jerome Rozen of the American Museum of Natural History of the unexpected find.

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