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Leafcutter and Resin Bee Photos
by Erica Siegel

Aussie Bee Homepage > New Native Bee Photos > Leafcutter and Resin Bees

Here are some spectacular images by Erica Siegel of Queensland showing leafcutter and resin bees in the genus Megachile:

Australian megachile bee

Above: both leafcutter and resin bees carry pollen on arrays of stiff bristles under the abdomen - as shown by this vibrant photograph by Erica Siegel.

native leaf cutter bee

Above: this leafcutter bee is having a few problems reaching down into this thistle flower at Redland City, Queensland!

Australian leafcutter bee

Above: that's how it is done! Notice the bristles clearly visible under the abdomen of this bee.

Australian native bee

Above: some leafcutter and resin bee species, like this one, have striking orange abdomens.

resin bee

Above: a densely-packed pad of pollen has been collected by this bee. It is shown foraging from native Darling Pea flowers in the native display gardens at Indigiscape Centre, Capalaba, Redland City, Queensland.

resin bee

Above: this resin bee, Megachile punctata, is large, black and noisy but just wants to get on with the job of collecting provisions for her solitary nest.

megachile bee

Above: notice the large jaws or mandibles on this M. punctata bee -- very effective tools for nest building!

resin bee

Above: in this sensational photo, a M. punctata resin bee heads back to her nest with a full load of pollen.

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