When I saw the images of these amazing bee cocoons made from carefully layered delicate flower petals, I just had to share them with you.
These flower nests were discovered in Turkey. The bees use 3 different types of flowers to construct their pods: Geranium, Flax, and Sun Roses. The process of crafting the colorful nest is described in a Garden Design article:
"The bees bite off one petal at a time and flies each individual petal back to the nest. When the mother bee has amassed enough petals, she layers the petals into a delicate shell, holding the pod together with nectar and a thin layer of mud… Inside, the bee will deposit one egg, before sealing up the flower pod by folding down the petals. The baby bee will hatch and grow inside, before emerging in the spring from its flowery home."
Credit: Jerome Rozen/American Museum of Natural History via Garden Design