Leafcutter Bees, Ireland

Leafcutter bee, Megachile, on flower in Ireland Leafcutter bee, Megachile, on flower in Ireland

Megachile is the scientific name for this species of bee, commonly found in Ireland.

This is a leafcutter bee, a solitary species that makes its nests in small sticks and holes in walls, sealed up with a portion of leaf that it has cut with its powerful jaws.

Bees are important pollinators of plants and trees and it is always amazing to watch these industrious insects as they fly through the garden on their busy mission. I saw my first bee of 2018 back in January - Google Plus

Read more about Irish bees here: http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/irish-pollinator-initiative/bees/solitary-bees/

Last modified on Monday, 25 June 2018 22:47

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