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Western Leafcutting Bee
Megachilidae
Megachile perihirta
Type: Insect

Effect: Helper
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Location / Where this Creature is found:

Found in Utah. native to western North America, ranging from Nebraska to Texas and Mexico, west to California, and north to British Columbia and Alberta

General information about Western Leafcutting Bee :

Simple description: Striped Fly or Bee.

These bees can be seen clipping off leaves and flying away with them.

Western leafcutting bee larva feed both on nectar and pollen.
The Western Leafcutting Bee works in small groups to construct small cells underground (Or in rotting tree stumps etc) where they lay one egg, along with a supply of pollen and nectar. These cells are lined with peices of leaves.

They all die every year. Adults emerge from July to August.

The pollen basket below the abdomen is bright red.

This creature helps by:
It can chew off a leaf in under a minute, but it is also a helpful pollenator.
You can attract this creature by:
Aster flowers, Alfalfa.




Western Leafcutting Bee - YouTube.com


Striped Fly or Bee
Striped Fly or Bee - August 11, 2009



Striped Fly or Bee
Striped Fly or Bee - August 11, 2009



Western Leafcutting Bee on Gumweed
Striped Fly or Bee - August 11, 2009

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