sweat bee

noun

Definition of sweat bee

: any of various small black or brownish bees (family Halictidae) that are attracted to perspiration

Examples of sweat bee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Erin Krichilsky needed a microscope to discover bilateral gynandromorphy in a tiny sweat bee while working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "This rare, mutant honeybee is both male and female," 5 Aug. 2020 One other Megalopta gynandromorph has shown its face to scientists before: a male-female hybrid in a closely related sweat bee species called Megalopta genalis, identified in 1999. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet the Bee With a Body That’s Half Male, Half Female," 2 Apr. 2020 Then a sweat bee might make an attempt on your sweat. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 So, how did sweat bees end up camping out inside a 29-year-old woman's eye? oregonlive, "Doctors find 4 bees living in woman’s eye, feeding off her tears," 10 Apr. 2019 Honeybees, sweat bees, yellow jackets and wasps all use methylation to produce their queens. Quanta Magazine, "In Bees, a Hunt for Roots of Social Behavior," 6 May 2014 Kocher’s sweat bee is one of the 10 and the first bee species since the honeybee to have its genome sequenced. Quanta Magazine, "In Bees, a Hunt for Roots of Social Behavior," 6 May 2014

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First Known Use of sweat bee

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Sweat bee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweat%20bee. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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