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Leaf Cutter Bee (Megachile centuncularis)
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Leaf Cutter Bee (Megachile centuncularis)

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(Late July Lowestoft)
Leaf Cutter Bee building her nest in an old sack.
Insert shows the Hypericum she has been cutting leaf sections from.

These Bees are among the most common solitary bees in the UK. They have bright orange pollen brushes on their back legs and are valuable pollinators.
They cut distinctive semi-circles from the leaves and petals of roses and other plants.
They roll the cut section and fly off to their nest.
where they roll into a neat package with some food and lay a single egg inside.
The nests usually only contains a few eggs and are often found in logs or old tree stumps.

Although their leaf-cutting can be annoying, there is nothing you can do about it and overall they do much more good than harm.

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