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Leafcutter Bees

A Leafcutter Bee is fascinating to watch when they chew neat semi-circles from leaves to make their nests.

Bees Bee Hotels Bushland Heathland Urban Pollinators

Noongar Names: Ngoowak or Djilyara (Bee)

Scientific Name: Megachile spp.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Threats: Habitat loss

Will they visit?: Leafcutter Bees frequently visit home gardens

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Small tunnels in trees, shrubs, logs, and constructed bee hotels

Diet: Nectar and pollen

Water: Shallow bird baths

ReWild Benefit: Pollination

ReWild Benefits

Leafcutter Bees are not aggressive, but will sting if handled. Native bees are critical in sustaining local biodiversity as they can pollinate a greater variety of native plants compared to honeybees. If you see this busy bee in your backyard, you can record your sighting on the Atlas of Living Australia.

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