SOLITARY BEE LARVA © wood engraving (ed. 37) image: 7 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
The Solitary Bee is a common critter in Great Britain and there are many species there. They got the name Solitary because they don't live in colonies and swarm like other bees but they live as individuals. They don't have pollen pouches on their hind legs like other bees and they don't make honey. The female makes a nest in sandy soil (or other material, depending on the species), gathers pollen and nectar, then lays an egg and seals the nest. When the egg hatches it's up to the larva to figure out what to do with all that pollen and nectar on its own.

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