from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A large, wide-spread, and important genus of small solitary bees, of the family Andrenidæ, containing numerous species, the pregnant females of which hibernate. H. parallelus is a common American species.
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The halictus bee has an attitude that calls for the rebuilding of her colony twice a year, the Wasp once a year, while the society of the apis bee lasts from three to ten years and that of the ant as long as forty years.