Watch This Bee Build Her Bee-jeweled Nest | Deep Look

Watch This Bee Build Her Bee-jeweled Nest | Deep Look

What’s this bee up to digging around in
the mud? This blue orchard bee is a mason, a builder. Her material is – you guessed it – mud. And she works alone. In fact, unlike those honeybee hives you might
think of, most of the 4,000 types of bees in North America are solitary. See how she scrapes the wet earth? She collects it with two huge pincer-like
tools on her face called mandibles. She’s gathering mud to make her nest. The nest is long and thin. In nature, she goes into places like hollow
twigs. At the University of California, Davis, she
uses a six-inch-long paper straw provided by researchers. In this nest without a straw you can see how
she builds a wall of mud. Then she gathers food from spring flowers,
but not only to feed herself. See the pretty purple pollen on the anther
of this flower? She grabs the anthers with her legs and rubs
the pollen onto hairs on her abdomen called scopa. And while she’s at it, she sips a little
nectar from the blooms. When she climbs back into her nest, she turns
the pollen and nectar into a sweet morsel next to the mud wall. On this purple ball she lays a single egg. She repeats this several times in her narrow
nest. Egg. Wall. Egg. Wall. When she’s done, she seals it all up with
more mud. A cross-section of the nest shows her incredible
craftsmanship: it looks like a piece of jewelry. Soon, the eggs hatch. The hungry larvae feed on their pollen provision,
the purple lunchbox their mom packed for them. Still in the safety of the nest, the well-fed
larva spins a cocoon. The following spring, the adult bee chews
its way out. Just like their name says, blue orchard bees
love orchards: fields of almonds and sweet cherries. And they’re really good at pollinating them:
A few hundred females can pollinate as many almonds as thousands of honeybees. And their tube nest means they’re portable. That makes it easy to distribute them to farmers. So why haven’t they taken over the fields? Well, they reproduce slowly. They only have 15 babies a year. A queen honeybee has 500 … a day. So there just aren’t that many blue orchard
bees around. But some farmers are enlisting them anyway,
hoping they can provide some relief to their struggling honeybee cousins. If you look carefully, you might just spot
a blue orchard bee foraging out in a field, helping keep fruits and nuts on our plates. Hi. It’s Laura. A special shoutout and thank you to Bill Cass
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  1. Hello Deep Look fans! I produced this episode. Thank you for watching! A few of you have asked how adult blue orchard bees get out of the nest. Jim Cane, a native bee ecologist at the US Department of Agriculture, explained that adults chew their way out of their tough cocoon and then keep on chewing to pass through the mud partitions and ultimately the mud closure of the nest. Like all bees, the female blue orchard bee gets to choose the sex of each offspring – fertilized eggs become females; unfertilized eggs become males. She puts female eggs at the back of the nest and males at the front. Most females mate only once, so males that are late to the game will have fewer offspring. That’s why adult males of all solitary bees emerge a few days to a week before the females. An emerged bee will be patient and wait for a few days for the next in line to exit. If its sibling doesn’t emerge because it has died, the bee will eat through its sibling’s cocoon and keep going. Thanks for your questions! –Gabriela

  2. It looked like ice cream

  3. This was such a great video; graphics and narrator!❤️❤️❤️

  4. "This bee works alone" That's because she is a strong, independent bee who don't need no man!

  5. This is ssssssooo amazing to see how the bees are creative in building their nest and getting food for their babies for when they hatch. I was so intrigued at watching this.

  6. Is it bad that the first time I saw the thumbnail, I thought it was ice cream?…

  7. Ube and mocha ice cream 🤣😂🤣😂 that's what I'm thinking

  8. In the reality, it looks like an enemy to me. Like the cockroach

  9. More ice cream than jewels

  10. That's looks like a obe

  11. Such a beautiful bee.

  12. What do the males do?

    If they are solitary, are males just useless drones too?

  13. No one:
    Thumbmail looks like an ice cream
    Flavored UBE

  14. I thought the thumbnail was icecream

  15. Honestly thought the thumbnail was ice cream :/

  16. It looks like ube ice cream.

  17. I though it was an ice cream..

  18. I thought is is ice cream larvae 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  19. I thought it was ice cream

  20. If bees go Texting this insect will take over

  21. Looks like ice cream 🍧

  22. Nature is so beautiful

  23. I really thougth it was ice cream

  24. At first I thought it was an ice cream

  25. Awesome footage of this amazing bee!

  26. Well its sucks to be in the last row.😂

  27. Thumb looked like mochi

  28. she protecc
    she attacc
    but most importantly
    she cute as facc

  29. Am I the only one who thought the thumbnail was ice cream?

  30. It Looks Like A Bee City
    1. Bee Hotel
    2. Closed Restaurant
    3. Baby Bee Hotel

  31. Build a bee hotel everyone!

  32. Who thought it was an ice cream at first on the thumbnail😂!?!? But when you saw the name deep look you already knew it was about insects

  33. 1,k bears disliked

  34. I love the music, it's so fitting and cute

  35. Excellent video. Thanks!

  36. never knew that grew up as a larvae

  37. It looks like a the purple its ube the brown chocolate ice cream …

  38. Woah,the purple pollen chunks look like bits of purple sweet potato…

  39. Loved your narrative!! That Purple lunchbox line got me UWU

  40. Bee: building home…
    Human: saw the bee then sprayed insecticide.
    Bee: why, im innocent….

  41. adorable i find one shiny aquablue bee lay 3 eggs in our window😂☺

  42. Whoa dude
    No need to zoom in

  43. Yo is it ice cream?

  44. First i thought it was ube and chocolate ice cream

  45. This bee should be in bee swarm simulator you know what I mean?

  46. The pic looks like an ice cream

  47. I'm telling you, moms bees are the best😂❤️

  48. Looks like red bean paste from Japan

  49. Flipino's be like:Oh it looks ube!

  50. Why does the thumbnail look like ice cream

  51. Thought it's an ice cream

  52. The thumbnail looked like ice cream so I clicked on it and now I’m sick

  53. Whooooo I was cutting trees down when I was in my 20s an I went to pick up the dabree an I had even had metal gloves on an I felt this excruciating pain up my hand to my head an looked down there she was biting me with those mandibles the stinging me over an over an over again my whole arm swole up it was one of the worse pain I had ever endured from a creature of God has gave me she let me know real fast I was allergic too

  54. The thumbnail legit looks like icecream 🍦 😂

  55. when you don’t get any likes or replies on your comment and a few months later you make another comment

  56. i wanna taste is soo bad 😣

  57. I wanna keep bees someday. i hope they never go extinct

  58. sorry but I thought it was ice cream in the thumbnail

  59. When i first see the thumbnail of this video i thought it was ice cream

  60. 4:02 "Get your own orchard, beetch."

  61. Can the sweet goop be a different color?

  62. Soon the lil baby larve eat the polen their mom packed for them.

    Me: *Crys* Thank you so much mom.

  63. Who else thought the thumbnail was ice cream?✋🏾

  64. I thought the thumbnail was an icecream.

  65. In the thumbnail, I thought that it was ice cream being eaten by a larva

  66. This is the only bee that does math

  67. Looking like a blueberry ice cream with biscuit

  68. The purple stuff looks delicious

  69. I thought this was a ball of ube icecream

  70. Is it just me or do I have to feeling to eat the purple stuff
    Like the woman said these delicious morsel

  71. I thought the thumbnail was ice cream;-;

  72. The thumbnail looks like ube ice cream

  73. 1:56 okay i thought that was an ice cream fromthe thumbnail

  74. I thought this was an ice cream

  75. I think on the first its a fly

  76. Wow I thought their making an ICE CREAM

  77. Who thought the mud was chocolate ice cream?

  78. I thought it was an Ube ice cream with chocolate too -_-

  79. Does it sting? Im afraif of bees andd never been stung are these in the philippines? Looks like a fly this made me afraid of flies

  80. When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was icecream.

  81. I C E C R E A M B E E

  82. Is this bee olny female??

  83. I thought they were ice cream. ;-;

  84. Am I just hungry or did the thumbnail look like chocolate and ube(taro) ice cream with coconut shavings?

  85. So this is not ice cream i thaught it was

  86. bees are the only insects i find cute and want to pet their back a little

    but my dream will never come true 😔

  87. Narrator: “her material is, you guessed it,”

    Me: SHI-

    Narrator: “mud!”

    Also me: … aight ._.

  88. That not fly oh I thought soo

  89. purple pollen looks a ice cream but the bee is nice she prepared a lunch for they new hatched bees

  90. 0:11 i thought that was a fly-

  91. Genuinely saying, I thought these bees were bigger annoying flies.

  92. ok i want to be an insect. i want to be a bee. like this bee owo

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