Saturday, September 26, 2015

Leaf Damage | Leaf Cutter Bee


Leaf Cutter Bee
The amazing handiwork of the leafcutter bees makes them one of the most fascinating bees! The leafcutter bee snips a neat curving circle from a leaf, making the leaf appear as though someone used a paperpunch along the edges. She will use these leaf pieces to weave tiny cradles for her eggs inside her nest burrow.The bee uses a powerful mandible, cutting the uniform leaf pieces from soft leaves. They grasp the leaf pieces with their legs to carry them back to their nests. Leafcutter bees carry pollen back to their nests by packing it on an array of stiff bristles underneath their abdomen.

Their favorite leaves are soft and they roll them like a little tortilla to prepare a nest.

©  Grassroots Horticulture


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