Osmia cornifrons

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Hornfaced bee
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Megachilidae
Genus: Osmia
Species: O. cornifrons
Binomial name
Osmia cornifrons
(Radoszkowski, 1887)

Osmia cornifrons, commonly known as the hornfaced bee, has been used commercially for several decades in Japan to pollinate apples, as it is now in the US. A single hornfaced bee can visit 15 flowers in a minute. This solitary bee nests in reeds, tubes and holes in wood.