The Leaf Cutter Bee
Leaf-cutter Bees nest in holes in plant stems, dead wood, cliffs or old walls, and can be seen in gardens. They get their name because they are famous for cutting and removing the centre of leaves. They do this to build the 'cells' in which their larvae live. Leaf-cutter Bees can be seen outside from April to August. They feed solely on pollen and nectar.
Leaf Cutter Bee Facts
Type: Solitary Bee
Location: All parts of the United Kingdom but seen less in the north.
Habitat: Plant stems, dead wood, cliffs, old walls and gardens.
Colour: Like the Honey Bee except lower part of body that is orange.
Size: 9 to 13 millimetres.
Diet: Pollen and nectar.
On the wing: Early April to August.
Life expectancy: Male (2-3 weeks), Female (12-16 weeks)