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Leafcutter Bee Nesting

Megachile sp.


This unidentified leafcutter bee species seems to be highly efficient in nest construction, as over 6 nests have been completed within the last 3 weeks. (Compared to another nesting species, M. pugnata, that has been constructing for 3 weeks, and still has not completed a nest.) Each cavity within the nesting box will contain approximately 6 cells with a single egg laid within each cell. This particular bee was observed collecting pollen & nectar, to provision the cells, from nearby Echinacea & Great Blue Lobelia. She then would cut near perfect circles from Hollyhock petals and Wild Rose leaves to seal each cell.

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Small Wonders
Small Wonders 11 years ago

Thank you Adam, Lee & Sarah :)

Sarah Mays
Sarah Mays 11 years ago

awesome series

Lee Williams
Lee Williams 11 years ago

Neat experience.

AdamBT 11 years ago

Brilliant series!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 11 years ago

Thanks Luis - this is where their name comes from :)

LuisStevens 11 years ago

Very interesting series, I didn't know they did that.

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 11 years ago

Thank you Emma :)

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 11 years ago

Thank you ceherzog! Yes I did construct the box last spring. Last season I only had mason wasps. This year I've had mason bees & leafcutter bees.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago


Small Wonders
Small Wonders 11 years ago

Thank you everyone for your comments! Observing the nesting habits of this tiny leafcutter bee has been a fascinating experience :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 11 years ago

What a fantastic series of photos and information.

ceherzog 11 years ago

By the way, did you construct the box?

ceherzog 11 years ago

This is a great series...fantastic!

AnnvanWijgerden 11 years ago

Wow! Brilliant photos!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Wonderful! Great photos; lots of behavior. Nice job!!

rutasandinas 11 years ago

Wow sensacional series felicidades

Yasser 11 years ago

Such an amazing series. It is so great to see them in the process of cutting leaves and petals. A truly fascinating and wonderful species.

chesterbperry 11 years ago

Wonderful series!

Small Wonders
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Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Aug 3, 2012
Submitted on Aug 3, 2012

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