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  • Leaf-Cutter Bee - (Dianthidium spp.)

    Leaf-Cutter Bee - (Dianthidium spp.)

    True to their name, Leaf-Cutter Bees slice and dice dried foliage and use it to make a home.

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    Staff Writer (7/25/2017): Leaf-cutter Bees are small, but agile. They are able to carry bits of dried leaf over and over again to their nest site. They build them inside cavities they find in order to add support and protection. Adults eat nectar and pollen, carrying pollen grains on their abdomen instead of their legs like other bees. They have a reputation for being great pollinators thanks to the many trips they make to flowers due to their less spacious pollen storage.

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    Leaf-Cutter Bee

    Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
    Common name: Leaf-Cutter Bee
    Scientific Name: Dianthidium spp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hymenoptera
          Family: Megachilidae
           Genus: Dianthidium
            Species: spp.

    Identifying Colors: black, yellow

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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