Definition of mining bee in English:

mining bee


  • A solitary bee that builds long underground tunnels containing nest chambers.

    • ‘But no, its a cleptoparasitic Cuckoo bee, the likes of which preys on mining bees like the one above.’
    • ‘Several of the more distinctive species of mining bee from the family Andrenidae have been illustrated.’
    • ‘Lured inside by droplets of sweet fluid (lady's slippers don't secrete true nectar), the pollinator, most often a mining bee, can escape only through one of two small exits at the sac's rear.’
    • ‘Mortar bees excavate a chamber approximately 20 mm deep in soft mortar joints in brick walls, whereas mining bees excavate chambers in the soft sandy soil of lawns and gardens.’
    • ‘Some species of mining bees may be attracted in large numbers to swimming pools.’
    • ‘The larger mining bees all have some brown markings, and the arrangement of brown and black bits lets you know the species.’
    • ‘This is a female of the impressive mining bee Andrena nitida (sometimes still referred to by its junior synonym A. pubescens).’
    • ‘Halictid mining bees nest in tunnels dug in the ground.’
    • ‘The female mining bee stocks each cell with pollen and nectar she collects from flowers and then deposits an egg on the food mass.’
    • ‘The cuckoo bee is parasitic on the mining bee.’
    • ‘Once this flight of mining bees dies out, there will be no activity in the area until the following spring.’
    • ‘I have what would seem to be a very active colony of mining bees in both my front and rear garden.’
    • ‘The use of insecticide to control mining bees is not successful as insecticide breaks down with UV light.’
    • ‘Most of the sites of ground nesting bees we have examined where made by mining bees or digger bees and posed no hazard to the landowner.’
    • ‘There are many species of mining bee throughout the world.’
    • ‘This past spring and early summer we have had a number of mining bees submitted to the clinic.’
    • ‘Two scarce mining bees have been found: Melitta leporina, which occurs in the Jekyll garden, along with its cleptoparasite Nomada flavopicta.’
    • ‘Some bees such as the mining bees that are usually found on lawns are unable to pierce the skin therefore are not a big threat to humans.’
    • ‘The bilberry mining bee is an even more specialised solitary bee, using only this single plant species to gather food, and has seldom been recorded in the Peak District.’
    • ‘Within the turf eight mining bee larvae were found, measuring up to 1cm long.’