Leaf cutter bees

Have you ever seen marks like these on leaves in your garden, especially rose bushes?


These are most likely to be made by a type of solitary bee called the leafcutter bee (megachile sp.). There are over 200 solitary bees in the UK, each providing an important role in pollination. I am lucky enough to have two of these bees nesting in the insect house I made.



These bees leave their nest…



They land on a suitable leaf and start cutting away using the mandibles.











They then come back to the nest carrying the leaf..



You can see the video of this here


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