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Leafcutter bee signs

Observed: 18th July 2013 By: notpopnotpop’s reputation in Plantsnotpop’s reputation in Plantsnotpop’s reputation in Plantsnotpop’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

can species be told from this ?

Identifications
  •  
    Likely ID
    leafcutter bee
    Confidence: It might be this.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Rachy Ramone's picture

I would agree...

... anecdotally, definitely leafcutter bee, but I don't know if there is more than one species of leafcutter.

I kept finding them, last year, in flower pots: they dig a tunnel through the soil, drag down several of these beautifully neat circles of foliage, roll them around into a short pack, lay an egg in it and seal it up. They repeat this until the tunnel is full, I've seen five or six in a row.

The clever bit is that the last one laid hatches out first, leaving the tunnel clear for the next one, and so on!

Rachy Ramone

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