Definition of poppy bee in English:

poppy bee


  • 1A European solitary bee, Osmia papaveris (family Megachilidae), which makes a nest in the ground lined with pieces cut from poppy petals (now rare).

  • 2(In full "Mojave poppy bee") a rare bee of the south-western United States, Perdita meconis (family Andrenidae), which pollinates certain flowers of the poppy family.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Bingley (1774–1823), naturalist and Church of England clergyman.