Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee
Location: Ponoka, AB
Date: June 29, 2019
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Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee

Common Name:  Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee, Lucerne Leaf-cutter Bee

Latin Name:  Megachile rotundata (Fabricius, 1787)
                        (L. Best, det.)

Length:  7 - 9 mm

Range: Throughout Alberta

Habitat:  Near agricultural release sites.

Time of year seen: June - August 

Diet: Pollen and Nectar

Other:  It is an introduced solitary species that is used for commercial pollination of alfalfa, vegetable crops and some fruit crops.

Photo courtesy D. McKinnon 2019.

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