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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