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Leaf-Cutter Bee (Dianthidium spp.)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Leaf-Cutter Bee, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 7/25/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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

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.

Leaf-Cutter Bee Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length):
Identifying Colors: black, yellow

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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