Leafcutter Bees In My Garden

Danny Gibson from Northern Ireland wrote in to share pictures of a leafcutter bee he had been watching in his garden.  Thank you Danny!

"Leafcutter Bees In My Garden"

by Danny Gibson
(Northern Ireland)

I found a leafcutter in my garden this past summer, so I decided to put up a bamboo solitary bee nest and see if I could get them to hang around.

I also got some lavender plants to give a good food source. Not long after putting the nest up on the wall, I had three bees nesting!

Here are some pictures of the leafcutters on my lavender.  I didn't realise how enjoyable it would be to encourage wild bee nests in my own garden.


close up image of a leafcutter bee on lavenderLeafcutter Bee On Lavendar

leafcutter bee foraging on purple lavender

My comment: Thank you Danny. Lovely photographs, and so glad to hear about your success with the solitary bee house. Bee houses are a great way to encourage solitary bees to nest in the garden.

Leafcutters are wonderful to watch too.