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Leaf-cutter Bee

Leaf-cutter Bee
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hymenoptera [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-06 4:49
Viewed: 3486
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Megachile sp. (willughbiella?)

Dutch name: Grote bladsnijder
French name: abeille coupeuse de feuilles (ou tapissière)

Leaf-cutter bees nest in soft, rotted wood, thick-stemmed pithy plants such as roses and in similar materials that the bees can easily cut through and excavate. Nest tunnels may extend several inches deep and coarse sawdust is thrown out at the entrance.

After the nest has been produced, leafcutter bees collect fragments of leaves to construct individual nest cells. The bees cut leaves in a very distinctive manner, making a smooth semicircular cut about 3/4 inch in diameter from the edge of leaves.

These are carried back to the nest and used to fashion nest cells within the previously constructed tunnels. Each leaf-lined cell is then provisioned with a mixture of nectar and pollen. An egg is then laid and the cell sealed, producing a finished nest cell that somewhat resembles a cigar butt.

A series of closely packed cells are produced in sequence so that a finished nest tunnel may contain a dozen or more cells forming a tube 10cm to 20cm long. The young bees develop and remain within the cells, emerging the next season.

Leaf-cutter bees differ from related species in that they collect pollen on their abdomens rather than on their hind legs.

(source: www.moraybeekeepers.co.uk/solitary_bees.htm)

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Dear Marie
Very intersting scene you captured,
Perfect focusing,soft lighting and POV.Welldone my friend.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-06 4:58]

Bonjour Marie-Christine,
Tu as eu beaucoup de chance de voir cette abeille en pleine activité pour bien illustrer son nom! Bonnne netteté et notice instructive.
Un grand merci

Oh, Marie Christine,

you made a sensational portrait of this leaf cutting bee. I noticed myself the holes in the leaves since many years but i have'nt ever been able to "nail the culprit down" like you did now. My congratulations!

Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-06 6:17]

Hello Mariki,
I've also seen the holes they make but not the culprit! Really great shot, very sharp and in fine colours. Excellent composition too! Interesting note too.
Many thanks and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-06 6:20]

Magnificent shot, Marie Christine! Really superb, so sharp and clear.
A very interesting capture and information.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-06 6:40]

Hi Marie,
Very interesting macro of this bee.Well caught and composed.
Thanks for posting.

I have seen this Bee at work but have not been able to take apicture yet, Marie.
Yu have done a fantastic job of it through this very sharp and crisp image in which the Bee is shown carrying the leaf laboriously.
Great POV and natural colours.
Keep it up!

Que voilà un duo sympathique.
Bonne journée.

Hello Marie,

Good macroshot from thes bee.
Great details, I didn't know that bees Bladsnijder called.


Hi Marie, superb macro capture my friend! Today I have so many educational obligations (exams..) Soryy for not additional comment. But perfect shot. TFS. Cheers,


Hi Marie,

Nice take. I wish you could present the shot from the front so to give more details of it face. Anyway, nice DOF.
Best regards,

Hello Marie,
I have never seem a bee carrying a leaf, WOW.
thanks for this nice presentation and the informative
note.. Well done


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-06 10:31]

Hello Mariki,
How marvellous to capture a Leaf-cutter bee with its bit of leaf. I have only seen what they have done to our rose leaves but not in action!
This is sharp and taken from a fine POV with good lighting. A great contribution to TN and I'm putting it in my favourites.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-06 13:04]

Hola Marie,
hermoso trabajo y foco estupendo...
buena compo y detalles,

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-06 13:05]

Hola Marie, buen macro, con buena definición, luz y color. Es curioso la manera de cortar y transportar hojas. Un saludo

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-06 13:18]

Hi Marie. Sharp focusing and fine detail in this interesting close up of the Leaf Cutter bee. fine detail and colours.well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-06 13:54]

Brilliant shot, Marie!
I've never seen a Leaf-cutter Bee with a bit of leaf before! :-)
Pin-sharp and very detailed.
Excellent composition.
Great focusing.

Well done!


Hi Marie, splendid bird with fantastic details and superb sharpness, beautiful composition with lovely leave, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvi

Hello Marie-Christine,
charming presentation of that busy leafcutter bee, nicely well lighted. I like the precisely shown fluffy body, and its pose. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-07 0:35]

Hallo Marie Christine,
Wist wel dat er mieren waren die blaadjes afsneden, maar dat bijen dit ook doen is nieuw voor mij.
Een prachtige macro trouwens. Vooral het licht is schitterend. Uitstekende scherpte.
Goed weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-07 4:00]

Salut Marie,une tres interessante position de cette bee,elle parait transporter la feuille,des details encore une fois extraordinaires et des tres belles couleurs aussi,mes compliments et bon fin de semaine,Luciano

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-07 4:17]

Hi Marie, superb macro shot of this Leaf-cutter bee in all aspects. TFS. Greetings,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-06-07 5:51]

Wonderful sharp and detail, nice composition and colors. TFS.


Hi Mariki,

An excellent note and image, you've caught it exhibiting its distinctive behavior!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-08 9:50]

Hi Marie,
Outstanding close-up shot and you show a fabulous perspective here. Immaculate sharpness and details with superb lighting. I like the way it clutches the leaf. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-09 2:37]

Hello Mariki, Good scene and interesting one too. Superb focusing and perfect lighting. WEll done Ganesh

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-09 8:43]

Hello Marie Christine

Very good timing to capture this leaf cutter in action.
The focus is sharp with wonderful details.
Excellent lighting and natural colours.
Well done.


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