Wild bee

Related to Wild bee: Honey bee
(Zool.) any one of numerous species of undomesticated social bees, especially the domestic bee when it has escaped from domestication and built its nest in a hollow tree or among rocks.

See also: Wild

References in classic literature ?
It is said on the Missouri, that the wild turkey and the wild bee go up the river together: neither is found in the upper regions.
The wild bee will not sleep in the shade if there be moonlight.
There was no sound but the high, singsong buzz of wild bees and the sunny gurgle of the water underneath.
The split and weatherworn rocks of the gorge of the Waingunga had been used since the beginning of the Jungle by the Little People of the Rocks--the busy, furious, black wild bees of India; and, as Mowgli knew well, all trails turned off half a mile before they reached the gorge.
The face of the water was blanketed with wild bees, buzzing sullenly and stinging all they found.
So beautiful she was that the flowers about her feet folded their petals in despair and bent their heads in token of submission; so sweet her look that the humming birds thronged her eyes, thrusting their thirsty bills almost into them, and the wild bees were about her lips.
But I was by this time so weary that I could have slept twelve hours at a stretch; I had the taste of sleep in my throat; my joints slept even when my mind was waking; the hot smell of the heather, and the drone of the wild bees, were like possets to me; and every now and again I would give a jump and find I had been dozing.
So Baloo, the Teacher of the Law, taught him the Wood and Water Laws: how to tell a rotten branch from a sound one; how to speak politely to the wild bees when he came upon a hive of them fifty feet above ground; what to say to Mang the Bat when he disturbed him in the branches at midday; and how to warn the water-snakes in the pools before he splashed down among them.
Roll me into the hives of the wild bees that I may be stung to death, and bury me with the Hyaena, for I am most miserable of bears
In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke the tender limbs.
Last January, the rusty patched bumblebee became the first wild bee in the continental United States to achieve the dubious distinction of being added to the endangered species list.
A third of our 97-strong native wild bee species are threatened by extinction.