Patchwork leafcutter bee ♀︎
-Purple loosestrife-

Last update: 24 December 2019
OBSERVATION:
2019-VII-25

A Patchwork leafcutter bee female ( Megachile centuncularis ) foraging for pollen on Purple loofestrife ( Lythrum salicaria ).

Patchwork leafcutter bee ♀︎ (Megachile centuncularis) on Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Patchwork leafcutter bee ♀︎ (Megachile centuncularis) on Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

This bee species is almost always present foraging on Purple loosestrife. The pollen of the plant are green colored and clearly visible on this female’s pollen brush.

Patchwork leafcutter bee ♀︎ (Megachile centuncularis) on Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) with green pollen on the pollen brush

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