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Leaf Cutter Bee


Sleeping leaf cutter bees on bahia grass.


10 acres of wooded property in Brazoria County, TX


These bees clamp onto a plant with their mandibles to sleep.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Leafcutter bee
Megachile sp. Megachile - Wikipedia

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Ornithoptera80 a month ago


Saturniidae27 a month ago

Congrats on the SOTW!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a month ago

Well done Patty. Congrats.

Brian38 a month ago

Congratulations, Cindy! Great spotting!

Great capture Cindy,very cool and unusual to see,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

i_munasinghe a month ago

Congratulations Patty!!

DrNamgyalTSherpa a month ago

Congratulations Patty for the SOTW!

Jae a month ago

Congrats, PattyBrinkmeyer. Great spotting!

armadeus.4 a month ago

Congratulations for a beautiful SOTW Patty! Thank you for sharing :)

MichaelS a month ago

Hi PattyBrinkmeyer,

Congratulations! Your leafcutter bee spotting has been voted Spotting of the Week! Thank you for sharing this wonderful spotting with the PN community. We look forward to seeing what you discover next!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a month ago

Congrats on your nomination for SOTW, Patty! Your pictures are sharp and detailed.

I'm fairly sure that this leafcutter bee is one of the Megachile, based on its location, time of year spotted, and forewing venation. I can also rule out cuckoo bees (another lookalike) based on the shape of the abdomen.

Here are some visually-similar bees from this genus for your reference:

FernandoMSoares a month ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a month ago

Brilliant photos Patty-love to see them resting.

Maria dB
Maria dB a month ago

Fantastic photos!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a month ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

MichaelS a month ago

Hi PattyBrinkmeyer, wow, neat spotting! Welcome back to PN!

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Brazoria, Texas, United States

Spotted on Jun 18, 2020
Submitted on Dec 28, 2020

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