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8008166 - Megachile mendica

8008166 - Megachile mendica
Sand Ridge SF, Illinois, USA
August 26, 2008
Size: ~1/2"
cutting leaf

Moved

Moved

Megachile mendica
female

Note straight profile of T6, with no erect hairs

Female Megachile sp.
At some point in their evolution you would think they'd learn not to cut the leaf they're sitting on....LOL!

 
Although
it hasn't worked for humans that are cutting tree limbs this way, maybe they've evolved to drop into flight. Less energy consuming than taking off? :)

 
I watched it cut a number of
I watched it cut a number of leaves this way. In one case it wasn't completely cut and it had to hover a bit to break it off.

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