These burrowing bees really rock! New species discovered which chews through STONE to make itself a home
Scientists have discovered a new species of bee which makes its home by chewing its way through solid rock to create burrows in sandstone cliffs.
The new species, called Anthophora pueblo, was first spotted around 40 years ago in the arid deserts of the south-western US, but after finding a number of new nest sites entomologists have now identified it as a new species to science.
The hardy bees chew through rock with their mandibles to create a hidey-hole, but this has raised questions as to why they go to such lengths to set up home.
Burrowing into rock costs the bees vital energy and... read more
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