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Leafcutter Bee Photos
by Erica Siegel
and 'Peter O'

Aussie Bee Homepage > New Native Bee Photos > Leafcutter Bees

Erica Siegel of Queensland kindly contributed the following amazing photographs about leafcutter bees to the Aussie Bee website:

leafcutter bee cutting leaf

Above: Erica Siegel captured this fantastic close up shot of a leafcutter bee in the process of snipping a piece from a leaf! Notice this bee's powerful mandible or jaw that the bee uses for cutting the leaf pieces.

leaf cutter bee

Above: leafcutter bees carry pollen back to their nests by packing it on an array of stiff bristles underneath the abdomen. The thick pad of pollen being carried by this bee can be seen in this photograph.

leafcutter bee in action

Above: Another beautiful shot by Erica Siegel of a leafcutter bee in action. Leafcutter bees use these leaf pieces to weave cells for their young inside their nest burrows.

leafcutter leaves

Above: the characteristically uniform cuts made in soft leaves by leafcutter bees.


"Peter O' captured this furry leafcutter bee in action snipping a leaf piece for her nest:

leaf cutter bee

Above: leaf cutter bees grasp the leaf pieces with their legs to carry them back to their nests.

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