Hey! - Insects with Attitude

If any insect had a personality, I would say it is the male leafcutter bee. Not only do they look unusual with green eyes and furry heads and front legs, but they are aggressive little bugs too. He will pick a group of flowers he likes and chase off all other bees. If a female lands in his spot, then he tries to drop down on her ungracefully...

  • Chip Miller 6y

    Great color and textures. I was under the impression that females did most of the actual "work" in a bee colony. Not so?
  • MJI Photos (Mary J. I.) 6y

    It depends on the bee. These bees don't have hives. The females still have a lot of work to do...they have to find a hollow spot, make a nest (cut some leaves to make chambers, gather pollen, and lay eggs.) The males don't help with any of this, but perhaps by guarding and keeping all other bees away, he helps assure that if any female enters his territory that she gets plenty of nectar and pollen.
  • haydnmowbray 6y

    nice capture - really like that glassy eye
  • Chuck 6y

    Your Macro shots are awesome!
    Spotted in Flora and Fauna in my neighborhood.
  • Padma 6y

    I love it! such color and a great macro.
  • lika2009 (in the U.S.A.) 6y

    Well observation and great capture!
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Taken on June 27, 2009
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