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Alfalfa leafcutting bee

Scientific Name
Megachile (Eutricharaea) rotundata
Scientific Author
(Fabricius)
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Megachilidae: Megachilinae: Megachilini)
Status
Exotic Species Occurrence in Australia
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes
Female adults of alfalfa leafcutting bees are about 9mm in body length and males are smaller. They are mostly black with light bands across the abdomen and a covering of pale hairs on the underside. Females carry pollen on stiff hairs on the underside of the abdomen rather than on the sides of the hind legs like honey bees. Leafcutting bees can be distinguished from other bees by their wing venation - they have two submarginal cells of equal length.
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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
31/07/2006 05:12 AEST
Last Updated
18/06/2010 16:11 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2006) Alfalfa leafcutting bee (Megachile (Eutricharaea) rotundata) Updated on 6/18/2010 4:11:06 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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