LEAFCUTTER BEE CUTTING LEAF
Leafcutter Bee Snipping a Leaf
by Erica Siegel
This amazing video of a leafcutter, Megachile, snipping a piece from a leaf was captured by Erica Siegel of Queensland.
Leafcutter bees cut neat oval or circular pieces from the edges of soft leaves. They carry them back to their solitary nest burrows and weave them together to make cells for their young.
This great video captures this leaf cutter bee in action as she snips out this piece of leaf. Notice how the bee curls the leaf piece underneath her as she snips it free, so that she can carry it away, held between her legs.