Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 BugGuide Gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Species Megachile brevis - Common Little Leaf-cutter Bee

Megachile - Megachile brevis - female Megachilid bee pollinating Cordylanthus flowers - Megachile brevis - female leafcutter bee? - Megachile brevis - female silvery leafcutter bee - Megachile brevis - female megachile - Megachile brevis Leafcutter Bee female - Megachile brevis - female Leafcutter Bee female - Megachile brevis - female MN Aug - Megachile brevis - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees)
Family Megachilidae (Leafcutter, Mason, and Resin Bees, and allies)
Subfamily Megachilinae
Tribe Megachilini
Genus Megachile (Leafcutter, Resin, and Mortar Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Litomegachile)
Species brevis (Common Little Leaf-cutter Bee)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Megachile lanuginosa; Megachile nupta; Megachile perbrevis
Male Megachile brevis and Megachile mendica are not currently distinguishable.
Note identification by experts from images only are not necessarily absolute.
One of the most widely occurring species of bees in North America, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, in the US and southern Canada
April to October; in Florida, March to December.
The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
Internet References