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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 nests 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. Frequent trips may be necessary because they have less spacious storage for pollen.
Scientific Name: Dianthidium spp.
Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 6mm to 15mm (0.23in to 0.59in)
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Ant, Bee, and Wasp Anatomy
Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
Legs: Ants and Bees have three pairs of legs attached to the thorax (center-body section).
NOTE: Ants, Bees and Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.