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Leaf Cutter Bee (Megachile) - Megachile inermis - female

Leaf Cutter Bee (Megachile) - Megachile inermis - Female
Ontario, Canada
August 29, 2005
Size: 1/2 inch approximately
This little bee seems to collect pollen beneath it's abdomen.

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Megachile (Megachile) inermis
female

note long vertex

Female leafcutter bee.
Gorgeous image of a female leafcutter bee, Naomi:-) She's in the genus Megachile. You are correct, she does collect pollen in a brush of hairs beneath her abdomen.

 
Bee on Flower
Thanks again Eric. I don't know if this is the correct forum to ask, but how can you tell that it is a female. I am so looking forward to your book.
Naomi

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