Willughby’s Leaf-cutter Bee ♀︎
-Broad-leaved sweet pea-

Last update: 10 April 2021
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A female Willughby’s Leaf-cutter Bee (Megachile willughbiella) [1] foraging for pollen on Broad-leaved sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius).

This rather large bee is not a frequent visitor on this plant and seemed only to appear after the Chalicodoma ericetorum bees stopped visiting the plant. Possibly I have missed this species among the C. ericetorum bees that always swarm the plant in large numbers.

Willughby’s Leaf-cutter Bee ♀︎ (Megachile willughbiella) on Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Willughby’s Leaf-cutter Bee ♀︎ (Megachile willughbiella) on Broad-leaved sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius)
Willughby’s Leaf-cutter Bee ♀︎ (Megachile willughbiella) on Broad-leaved sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius)
Willughby’s Leaf-cutter Bee ♀︎ (Megachile willughbiella) on Broad-leaved sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius)
Willughby’s Leaf-cutter Bee ♀︎ (Megachile willughbiella) on Broad-leaved sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius)

The male will stop to drink every now and then too.

Willughby’s Leaf-cutter Bee ♂︎ (Megachile willughbiella) on Broad-leaved sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius)

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