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Leaf-cutter bee
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, Univ. of Minnesota Leaf-cutter bee 2
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, Univ. of Minnesota

Leaf-cutter bees
Megachile spp.
Size: ½ inch long

Where/When: Make semi-circular or circular notches on leaves of many broadleaf plants, such as rose, ash, lilac, and Virginia creeper. Active from May through August.

Significance: Cause cosmetic damage to leaves. Insects are beneficial pollinators and should not be harmed.
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