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 ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.