Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jaws: leafcutter bee

I must that Ryan Clark @RyanClarkNature for helping me with the ID of this male leafcutter bee (Megachile sp. - probably M.willughbiella?). 

We get a lot of female leafcutter bees in the garden but this is the first time I can recall seeing a male here.





















I found it immediately after a torrential downpour, looking a little bedraggled and clinging with its jaws to a leaf.






































I hadn't realised that they have such beautiful eyes.


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  1. This is a wonderful little beast. Great reflections in his eyes. Poor mite must be soaking.

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  2. Super shots Phil. I agree those are beautiful eyes.

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  4. Interesting how insects are affected by rain. Most will find shelter but others brazen it out - like this one http://www.theguardian.com/environment/the-northerner/2013/jun/05/crook-county-durham-orange-tip-butterflies

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