Subject: Perhaps a Leaf Cutter Bee?
Location: Coryell County, Texas
June 5, 2014 12:41 pm
Hello, I was photographing flowers in the yard when I noticed this bee. It has bright yellow under its abdomen. I wondered if it is pollen? I saw the beautiful leaf cutter bee posted last week and wondered if this one is similar.
We are jealous that you are getting to spend so much time in the garden. We are still dealing with final examinations and presentations from our students. You are correct. This is a Leaf Cutter Bee in the genus Megachile, and they do collect pollen on the underside of the abdomen.