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Perfect Pollinators Glossary 1

solitary:  being alone. Solitary bees do not live in a hive with other bees.

 

cocoon:  fibres that wrap around and cover a young insect. Red Mason Bees spin a cocoon before they hibernate in the winter.

 

hibernate:  sleeping during the winter months. Red Mason bees hibernate to save energy.

 

mate:  living things mate to reproduce. Male and female solitary bees mate in the late spring and early summer.

 

pollen:  fine grained powder that a flowering plant produces. Solitary Red Mason bees transport pollen from one part of the plant to another so that plants can reproduce.

 

nectar:  a sugary fluid found in flowers. Red Mason bees visit flowers to drink the nectar.

 

egg:  an egg is a small object laid by the female that contains a living embryo. Each female Red Mason bees will lay up to 40 eggs in a nest.

 

larvae:  a newly hatched, wingless insect, often looks like a worm, before it changes into its adult form.

 

pupate:  the change in state of an insect from being larvae to becoming an adult. These changes usually take place inside a cocoon or hard shell.

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