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Perfect Pollinators Glossary 1
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.