The bee family Megachile

September 12, 2018

Leaf-cutter Bees are plentiful in the garden at the moment, just as they usually are during this time of year. These solitary bees can be attracted to artificial nesting boxes, and we have many available for them. Filled with paper tubes, hollow plant stems and drilled blocks, these boxes are basically free apartment buildings for solitary bee moms to raise their offspring.

Leaf-cutter Bees’ genus is Megachile, which roughly translates to “large lipped”, referring to their strong jaws that are well-suited for the collection of nest building materials.

Leaf-cutter Bee – Megachile sp.

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