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leafcutter_bee Leafcutting bees, as their name implies, use 0.25 to 0.5 inch circular pieces of leaves they neatly cut from plants to construct nests. They construct cigar-like nests that contain several cells. Each cell contains a ball or loaf of stored pollen and a single egg. Therefore, each cell will produce a single bee. Leafcutting bees construct these nests in soil, in holes (usually made by other insects) in wood, and in plant stems. A diversity of cavities, such as shells of dead snails, holes in concrete walls (like those produced for hurricane shutters) and other holes in man-made objects are used as nesting sites. Geotagged,Megachile coquilletti,United States Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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Leafcutting bees, as their name implies, use 0.25 to 0.5 inch circular pieces of leaves they neatly cut from plants to construct nests. They construct cigar-like nests that contain several cells. Each cell contains a ball or loaf of stored pollen and a single egg. Therefore, each cell will produce a single bee. Leafcutting bees construct these nests in soil, in holes (usually made by other insects) in wood, and in plant stems. A diversity of cavities, such as shells of dead snails, holes in concrete walls (like those produced for hurricane shutters) and other holes in man-made objects are used as nesting sites.

    comments (5)

  1. Super fascinating! Posted 2 months ago
    1. crazy, right!
      Posted 2 months ago
      1. YES! I can't get over how perfect the construction seems to be! Posted 2 months ago
  2. Amazing! Posted 2 months ago
  3. Fantastic post, Stephen! Posted 2 months ago

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''Megachile coquilletti'' is a species of bee in the family Megachilidae. It was described by Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell in 1915.

Species identified by Stephen Philips
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By Stephen Philips

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Uploaded May 3, 2020. Captured in Catalina, AZ 85739, USA.