Summer Leafcutter Bee Facts

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✓  Superior Pollinator
✓  Summer bee: emerges at 72F
✓  Builds nesting chambers with leaves
✓  Smaller in size
✓  No honey, no hive, rarely stings

  • Leafcutter bees have dry hairy bodies which pick up pollen easily easily. Unlike thehoney bee, the pollen is not dampened with saliva to stick to the body.

  • There is no hive to defend and less pollen back to the hive, which means more pollen is passed on flowers each time the native bee flies from flower to flower.

  • Native bees have a meandering flying path within a 300 foot radius that distributespollen throughout an orchard or garden more effectively, honey bees have a radiusof up to 3 miles.

  • One solitary bee has the pollination power of up to 100 honey bees. v Leafcutter bees separates nesting chambers with leaf clippings cut by its mandibles.

  • Leafcutter bees are summertime pollinator that have a more active demeanor than  the mason bee.

  • Leafcutter bees use ~6mm holes and cavities to build its nest.

  • A Leafcutter bee is smaller in size than the mason bee.

  • Leafcutter bees pollinates summer plants like strawberries and melons.

Life Cycle

1) Egg – laid in spring/summer within hole-like substrate

2) Larva – consumes pollen loaf gathered by parent, builds cocoon

3) Pupa – last transformative stage into the imago (adult)

4) Adult – emerges from previous year’s cocoons, males mate and die, females build nest & lay eggs, adult females fly from 4-6 weeks