Willughby’s leafcutter bee

Megachile willughbiella

This species of leaf-cutting solitary bee nests in hollow stems, holes in wood and even solitary bee hotels, and it is on the wing in summer.

Females line their nest cells with sections of leaves, which they cut from plants and carry to the nest using their mandibles.

Females also collect pollen on a pollen brush under the abdomen, called a scopa. The males of this species are easily identified by the presence of sections of blond hair on their forelegs.

Look out for them in the Wild Garden and going in and out of the solitary bee hotel in the Growing The Future Garden.

  • Wild Garden

    A hillside that shimmers with sweeps of colour throughout the summer