Sunday, June 30, 2019


I had no idea that there is a flying equivalent to the well-known leafcutter ants: The leafcutter bee. Megachile is the largest genus of bees. They are typically solitary.

During breakfast today, we got to watch one build its nest in a pot on the breakfast table. Every 5-10 minutes it brought another neatly rolled up leaf piece, flew a round on the patio, and deposited the leaf in its nest.

Since the bee was so busy building its nest, it didn't disturb our breakfast activities at all and was good fun to watch.

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