Have you ever seen such a lovely thing? The Osmia (Ozbekosima) avoseta bee uses flower petals for nest building!
These bee homes are simply gorgeous! I wish my house was so lovely.
This also serves to inspire me…flower petal honey, flower petal mead…I have hibiscus, chamomile, and a couple of others I can play with.
“These meticulous shells are just over a half-inch long and usually will house just one tiny egg. To prepare for her offspring, the mother collects pollen and nectar, which she carries back to the burrow in a nifty part of the digestive tract called the crop. She deposits this gooey blob of nutritional goodness in the bottom of the flower-petal nest. Then, she lays the egg, right on top of the gelatinous blob.”
Source and image credits: Busy Bees Use Flower Petals For Nest Wallpaper: NPR