Leafcutter Bee

Leafcutter Bees (Species in the genus Megachile)

photo of a leafcutter bee
Species in the genus Megachile.
More Land Invertebrates
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Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org
Family: Megachilidae (leafcutter bees) in the order Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps)
Description: Leafcutter bees are common throughout Missouri from late spring into early autumn. All are solitary. They are dark-colored with several whitish hair bands across the abdomen. Pollen is carried exclusively on the underside of the abdomen, never on the hind legs. One sign of their presence is the rounded holes they cut in the leaves of plants.
Size: Length: from about 1/4 to 1 inch (varies with species).