3385Megachile melanophaea in Michigan?
- Jun 2, 2014
Some photos of a nesting aggregation in a sloping front yard were posted on Xerces’ Facebook page. The photos were taken in “mid west Michigan” and clearly show a robust, hairy bee carrying a leaf piece into a ground nest. I’ve attached a couple of photos, but they may be scrubbed by the listserve’s computers. You should be able to see the photos on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Xerces-Society/193182577358618, as a post by Natalie Beversluis. (Or I can send them to you directly.)
The bees have massive jaws (appear to be tridentate), a dark head with some pale hairs, the thorax and the first couple of abdominal segments are covered in pale hairs, and the rest of the abdomen is dark.
I believe the bees to be Megachile melanophaea, also called the black-and-gray leafcutter bee according to a few websites. Is this likely? Are there other ground-nesting megachilids in Michigan?
Matthew Shepherd, Communications Director
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