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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.

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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