Many of us, when we think about bees, probably think about their stings, how they pollinate flowers, and how bumblebees seem too fat to be able to fly. But there are a few unsual tidbits about our buzzzzing friends that you may not know about.
For example, they try to make the best of a world filled with plastic. Two species of leafcutter bee in an urban setting have found a good use for plastic: as a "drywall" for their nests. Bees in Toronto were seen using plastic bag pieces, and even bits of polyurethane sealant, to build their humble abodes. Unlike some other bees, they don't build hives but instead stitch their houses together, with plant material as their typical fabric of choice.
But these bees make do with what they have, even cutting the plastic pieces differently than they would plant materials.
Urban Bees Using Plastic to Build Nests