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female osmia avosetta bees - a species of solitary bee native to iran and turkey which eschews hive life - make nests for their larvae with layers of flower petals glued together with mud. nectar and pollen are deposited inside the chamber by the bee before she lays her egg and seals the nest. photos by jerome rozen, a curator of invertebrate zoology at the american museum of natural history in new york, who notes that the nests take two days to build, and offer the larvae warmth and protection

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