Leaf Cutter Bee Adopts Mud Dauber Nest

February 23, 2012  •  3 Comments

Yesterday I saw a leaf cutter bee hovering in front of a mud dauber nest. The mud dauber nest was abandoned last autumn, and is now available. If this is a regular thing, I'll be getting some pictures of it in the near future.

Pictured here is a leaf cutter bee, Osmia ribifloris ribifloris, in the foreground, and a mining bee, Adrena sp. in the background.

Leaf Cutter Bee (foreground)Osmia ribifloris


Comments

Rebecca(non-registered)
Beautiful photo, Victor! Thanks for all the photos and info you share with us.
Victor's Pictures
Yes they are -- well, not all leaf cutters are iridescent like this, but this species is. They love to cut up my rose leaves, but I tolerate it because they're so beautiful.
Shane Keefe(non-registered)
Great picture. I fear that I have painted too many bees with the same broad brush accusing them of being wasps. A Leaf Cutter is a blue/green bee? Amazing.
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