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.
''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