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Leafcutter Bees...

aka "wadcutter Bees" aka "wadcutter Wasps"


Leaf Cutter Bee in Action

(07/02/2007) Leaf Cutter Bee in Texas

Hi! You don't have to respond to this as an inquiry, but I thought you might enjoy the photos I snapped of a leaf cutter bee in my backyard in southeast Texas. I've had this rosebush for over a year now and have only this week spotted the leafcutter in action. They are very quick at their skill; I guess I either haven't been out at the right time, or they are very shy. I've seen the neatly cut circles and I knew who the culprit was, I just hadn't seen her before. I was pretty excited! Thanks for your cool and informative site!



Leafcutter Bees - Do your rose bush leaves have smooth round holes in them? The likely culprit is the female leafcutter bee. The bee cuts smooth round or oval leaf fragments and uses them to line each underground brood cell that she fills with nectar and pollen.



A wadcutter is a bullet specially designed for shooting paper targets

A wadcutter has a flat or nearly flat front, which acts to cut a very clean hole through the target, making it easier to score

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