Leafcutter Bees and Mason Bees

leafcutter-bees
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August 11, 2017

These are harmless solitary bees that construct their cocoon chambers from where they lay their eggs. They are excellent pollinators of carrots, fruits, vegetables and alfalfa which is a great source of proteins in livestock pasture. Due to this, they are commonly used for commercial bee pollination. Unlike honeybees, these species do not produce honey, they do not live in colonies and do not also have a queen. However, they are quite similar to honey bees in appearance, but their abdomen’s underside is orange. Several species of leafcutter bees exist in Britain though it’s hard to distinguish them. These bees are one of the most cost-effective bees that anyone can raise. Housing them is quite cheap considering that you do not have to mind about purchasing protective gear as they do not sting.

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