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Megachile abacula

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name = Megachile abacula
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regnum = Animalia
phylum = Arthropoda
classis = Insecta
ordo = Hymenoptera
familia = Megachilidae
genus = Megachile
species = M. abacula
binomial = Megachile abacula
binomial_authority = Cresson, 1878
synonyms =
Megachile abacula is a species of bee in the Megachilidae family.

Leafcutter bees

Solitary bees, such as leafcutters, do not form colonies. Unlike social insects (ants, yellow jackets, honeybees), leafcutters work alone building isolated nests. Similar to honeybees, female bees perform nearly all essential tasks of brood rearing. These native insects perform essential tasks, pollinating wild plants. The alfalfa leaf cutter bee (Megachile rotundata), native to Europe, has been semi-domesticated for crop pollination. In North America, the species was deliberately imported to assist in the pollination of food crops, but has now become feral and widespread.

Taxonomy and naming

The genus Megachile is a cosmopolitan group of solitary bees, often called leafcutter bees. While other genera within the family Megachilidae may chew leaves or petals into fragments to build their nests, certain species within Megachile neatly cut pieces of leaves or petals, hence their common name. The genus Megachile is one of the largest genera of bees, with almost 1500 species.Wedmann, S., et al. (2009). Direct and indirect fossil records of megachilid bees from the Paleogene of Central Europe (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae).

Life cycle and behavior

Distribution and habitat

Morphology and identification

External links

  • The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

  • abacula
    Category:Hymenoptera of North America
    Category:Insects described in 1878

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