It is nice when another species uses something you have designed. Last year this same species used my nest box and again this year. I mistook them for a leaf cutter as they used masticated plant matter for their cells. I also get actual leaf cutters using their cut leaves. After much searching...I believe it is Osmia leaiana. Then along comes a cuckoo bee with its distinctive stripped and very pointed abdomen, one I have not seen before. Alas I did not have the video with me when it flew around and went into a cell.Typical! Stuffing a leaf in the entrance helped to slow it down. It did not cut it itself!!!!
Mon, 15/07/2013 - 13:10#1
Osmia leaiana? in my nest box-video