Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Bees with a sense of style! The solitary bee Osmia (Ozbekosmia) avosetta from Turkey and Iran uses colorful petals from a legume plant to make its nests; each cell has two layers of petals sandwiching a thin layer of mud. Other Osmiine bees also use petals in their nest construction. A particularly beautiful example of animal architecture.
Original paper from the American Museum Novitates (AMNH), and NPR report with pictures.