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Sandsculpting Bees

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Building sandcastles is more than a pastime for the bumblebee-mimic digger bee. This species of bee collects water into an abdominal pouch, then uses it to wet sand to help her sculpt her nest. She’ll use the material she digs out to create a protective turret over the nest’s entrance, and once her eggs are laid and stocked with food, she’ll deconstruct the turret to rebury the nest and keep her brood safely hidden. (Image and video credit: Deep Look)

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