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Leafcutter Bee (Megachile rotundata) Solitary Bees fall into four main groups, miners, carpenters, masons and leafcutters.<br />
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This leafcutter bee photograph was taking on the organic farm I work on in Exeter, Devon. I have noted several varieties including the carpenter bee and the mining bee. I will be keeping a close eye on these bees and hope to bring you pictures of them carrying the leaves to the nest.<br />
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Leafcutter Bee (Megachile rotundata)

Solitary Bees fall into four main groups, miners, carpenters, masons and leafcutters.

This leafcutter bee photograph was taking on the organic farm I work on in Exeter, Devon. I have noted several varieties including the carpenter bee and the mining bee. I will be keeping a close eye on these bees and hope to bring you pictures of them carrying the leaves to the nest.

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  1. I hope my identification is correct, if you think it is something different please do let me know, the most prominent coloured mining bees I have seen in the same wall has a very bright yellow under-carriage, which leads to convince me this is the correct identification but am always willing to stand corrected. :) Posted 6 years ago
    1. I had no idea bees had leaf cutters just like ants, thanks for sharing this! Promoted to homepage. Posted 6 years ago
      1. Isn't nature wonderful, I learn new things all the time, thank you for the promotion to homepage. Posted 6 years ago

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''Megachile rotundata'', the alfalfa leafcutter bee or lucerne leafcutter bee is a European bee that has been introduced to other regions. As a solitary bee species, it does not build colonies or store honey, but is a very efficient pollinator of alfalfa, carrots and some other vegetables.

In North America, the species was deliberately imported to assist in the pollination of food crops, but has now become feral and widespread. In New Zealand and Australia, it was also introduced to assist.. more

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By Bridget Charity Rendall

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Uploaded Jun 7, 2013. Captured Jun 6, 2013 13:58 in Barton Lane, Exeter, Devon EX2, UK.
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  • f/4.0
  • 10/1600s
  • ISO80
  • 72mm