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Leafcutter bee

Megachile species


One of the various wild bees inhabiting my garden. They seem to prefer the Helenium plants (H. autumnale) in the garden above any other flower. Over the years I've planted this flowers including many endemic plants/flowers in my garden specifically to attract various/many insects and specifically wild/solitary bees. I've also made sure there was some 'housing' ;-) This all seems to work well with over 40 bee - species active in the garden, bringing both live and color ;-) Female leafcutter bees collect pollen with the hairs on the abdomen, which in this specimen is orange colored. They are rather fast flying bees and cut out pieces of leaves (they prefer roses for this) to "decorate" the inside of their nests.

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DanielePralong 5 years ago

Congratulations Henk!

LeanneGardner 5 years ago

Congratulations Henk. Great photo & nice story to go with it :) Your garden must be a lovely place to be.

sunnyjosef 5 years ago

Congrats Henk..Beautiful photo...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Congratulations Henk.

AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats Henk, this striking Leafcutter bee has been chosen as our Ranger-selected Spotting of the Week!



Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 5 years 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!

Great capture Henk,congrats and thanks for sharing

Chris Taklis
Chris Taklis 5 years ago

beautiful macro.

staccyh 5 years ago

Amazing photo!

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Vlaanderen, Belgium

Spotted on Aug 13, 2015
Submitted on Aug 13, 2015

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