Megachile latimanus - Broad-handed Leaf-cutter Bee

  • Females of the Broad-handed Leaf-cutter bee use pieces of leaves, which they cut using their mandibles, to construct brood cells within their nests.
  • Like all female Megachile, Megachile latimanus transports pollen back to its nest on the underside of its abdomen.
  • Megachile latimanus is a ground nesting species, unlike the majority of Megachile, which nest in natural cavities such as those made by wood-boring beetles.
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Megachile latimanus
Taxonomic Name: 
Megachile latimanus
Common Name: 
Broad-handed Leaf-cutter Bee