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Subject: Honey bee?
Location: Houston, TX
November 23, 2013 7:53 pm
I put a log on the fire and, sadly, it was inhabited by this bee. It was stuck in the fireplace screen and when I tried to remove it, it’s head fell off. I tried to put it back together. It seems larger and darker than a regular honey bee, but not quite a bumblebee. Suggestions? Thanks!
Signature: treyzmama

Leaf-Cutting Bee

Leaf-Cutting Bee

Dear treyzmama,
This appears to be a Leaf-Cutting Bee in the genus
Megachile.  According to BugGuide:  “Most nest in pre-existent holes in wood. Female typically cuts neat, more-or-less round pieces out of leaves to serve as separators between cells of nest.”  There was most likely a nest in the log you threw on the fire.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Houston, Texas

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