mason bee

Origin of mason bee

First recorded in 1765–75
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Historical Examples of mason bee

  • Let us continue our series of tests with the Mason-bee of the Walls.

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Here is a Mason-bee building; she is at work on the first course of her cell.

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre

  • I shall call it the Chalicodoma, or Mason-bee, of the Sheds.

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre

  • The Mason-bee is a housekeeper of scrupulous cleanliness, as indeed are all the Hymenoptera.

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Some thief might drop in and substitute her own egg for the Mason-bee's.

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre


British Dictionary definitions for mason bee

mason bee

noun
  1. any bee of the family Megachilidae that builds a hard domelike nest of sand, clay, etc, held together with saliva
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