Name: Leaf-cutter Bee
Scientific name: Megachile spp
Nature Stars: 60
About: A group of small, greyish bees. Leaf-cutter bees nest in holes in dead wood, cliffs or old walls. They famously cut discs out of leaves which they use to build sausage-shaped 'cells' in which their larvae live.
How to identify: There are various species of leaf-cutter bee in Britain, which are very difficult to tell apart. They are best recognised by their habit of carrying pieces of leaf back to their nest holes.
Where: Widespread, although less common in the North.
Fantastic fact: Leaf-cutter bees can be encouraged to live in your garden by putting out bundles of canes or by drilling lots of holes into a piece of dead wood.
Photograph credit: Cécile Bassaglia