Leafcutter Bees

Leafcutter Bees

Megachile

Ever found perfect circular patterns, about 10mm in diameter, cut out of leaves (especially rose bushes and Buddleia) in your garden? If so, there might be some of these bees nearby! These solitary bees take about 10 seconds to cut the leaf with their jaws, then carry the leaf between their legs back to their nesting site where they use the leaves to make comfy cradles for their young.

Leafcutter Bee image by Bob Luttrell

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