alkali bee

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Synonyms for alkali bee

a common solitary bee important for pollinating alfalfa in the western United States

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However, because alkali bees nest in the ground, they couldn't be moved easily and so weren't supplied commercially in the way that honeybees were.
When alkali bees find a suitable stretch of barren land, each female excavates a shaft ending in a cluster of nursery chambers about the size of small table grapes.
In recent decades, an easier-to-handle solitary species has been supplanting the alkali bees.