alkali bee


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Related to alkali bee: Nomia melanderi
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Noun1.alkali bee - a common solitary bee important for pollinating alfalfa in the western United Statesalkali bee - a common solitary bee important for pollinating alfalfa in the western United States
bee - any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
genus Nomia, nomia - a genus of bee; some are important pollinators of legumes
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The alkali bee is a significant pollinator of the alfalfa seed crop in the northwestern United States; farmers encourage these bees to nest on their property by providing bare patches of salt-surfaced earth.
They had noticed that their crop yielded extra seed when planted near salt flats pockmarked with nesting holes from alkali bees (Nomia melanderi).
In turn, honey bees, alkali bees, and leaf cutter bees are important pollinators for alfalfa producers.