Unusual bees

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post is Unusual.

I recently became aware of some wild bees in the garden. They were carrying pieces of leaf (one at a time) and dragging them into a hole in a piece of wood. I could not tell what sort of leaf they were collecting until I walked past a hedge and noticed a partly chewed leaf.

Damaged leaf
Damaged leaf





















The bees are leaf-cutter bees. I have read that they are helpful in gardens, pollinating plants. Their leaf damaging habits do not kill the plants.

Is this the culprit?
Is this the culprit?

3 thoughts on “Unusual bees

  1. We learned about bees in the top of junior school – so i know about leaf cutters. They can be a nuisance in the lawn, you can tread on them! I can’t identify your bee: but have a look on-line and see what they look like? We had some black bees this year, in early summer, going in and out under the eaves of our kitchen (which is a one-story extension. However, they ceased being there during our time on holiday, so we aren’t worried that they have established a colony between the outer roof and the ceiling!

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    1. Thanks for commenting. I’m glad your bees aren’t problematic.
      Did you see my video on Twitter? It is only 8 seconds long. Apparently there are lots of different sorts of leaf-cutter bees. Sue


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