Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee Megachile pugnata Say, 1837

Description:

"Look how long and wide those mandibles are. Its not clear to me why this species requires much longer mandibles than others, it appears to not be cutting out larger pieces of leaves for its nests, but perhaps it is the type, processing and location of the leaf material that is important." (S. Droege, pers. comm.)

Relationships:

Specializes on composites and sunflowers are among its favorites (S. Droege, pers. comm.).

There are 12 records in the project database.

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A female Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee, subspecies M. p. pugnata, in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/14/2016). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Barbara Thurlow. (MBP list)

A female Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee in Baltimore City, Maryland (7/4/2009). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A female Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee in Baltimore City, Maryland (7/4/2009). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/4/2014). Verification by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A male Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee in Hardy Co., West Virginia (3/15/2017). Collected by Dave Smith. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A male Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee in Hardy Co., West Virginia (3/15/2017). Collected by Dave Smith. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee in Hardy Co., West Virginia (3/15/2017). Collected by Dave Smith. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A female Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee collected in Washington, D.C. Photography by Hannah Sutton. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A female Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee collected in Washington, D.C. Photography by Hannah Sutton. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A female Pugnacious Leaf-cutter Bee collected in Washington, D.C. Photography by Hannah Sutton. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)


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