Pictured: The bee starting to cut a section of the leaf. Sequence 5 of 8.
A bee looks like she is riding a flying broomstick as she takes a piece of leaf she has carefully cut back to her nest. The leaf-cutter bee uses her sharp jaws to cut perfect semi-circles out of leaves in order to create cells which will eventually store pollen, honey and her eggs.
This particular bee found suitable leaves from the top of a chestnut tree some 150ft from her nest in Guildford, Surrey. The perfect leaf must be tough and flexible so that they can be curled to fit into the nest hole without ripping. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.
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