Carpenter-mimic Leaf-cutter Bee (Megachile xylocopoides)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Carpenter-mimic Leaf-cutter Bee (Megachile xylocopoides)

Solitary native bee which uses patches from leaves to create nests. Similar in look to a carpenter bee, the leafcutters carry pollen on their abdomen rather than in leg baskets. Also, serves as a host for parasitic bees.



Shown on Florida Native Plant: BIDENS ALBA



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