Cuckoo-leaf-cutter Bee (Coelioxys sp.)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cuckoo-leaf-cutter Bee (Coelioxys sp.)

“Coelioxys, a genus within the leafcutting bee family, are kleptoparasites (they lay their eggs in the nests of other leafcutter bees and the young “steal” all of the stored pollen).” source: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/leafcutting_bees.htm

“Adults take nectar at flowers. (They must be eating for themselves, because they do not provision a nest.)”

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/7605

Key: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/coelioxys1.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: WINGED LOOSESTRIFE (Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum)

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1 comment
  1. I love these bees. I have some here in Northern NY as evidenced by the “bullet holes” in my roses, spicebush and VA Creeper. I once was witness to one “cutting” out the hole from a leaf and flying off with it – never forget it!

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