Leafcutter bees are amazing creatures that testify to God's handiwork!
Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
Here are some interesting facts about leafcutter bees:
> Leafcutter bees are solitary bees, which means they do not live in colonies with other bees.
> Leafcutter bees are very docile and only sting when directly handled.
> Leafcutter bees are important pollinators. According to research certain species of leafcutter bees can do 20 times more pollinating than honey bees!
> Leafcutter bees do not make honey.
> Leafcutter bees nest in tubular shaped cavities
What an amazing design!
Female leafcutter bees do a lot of hard work! They must build the leaf nest, stock it with food for the eggs, and lay eggs! The female leafcutter bee will search for a good location to build her nest. She uses hallow, tube shaped openings in old plant stems, tree bark, even tunnels in the soil, and many man-made objects including leafcutter bee houses made specifically for leafcutter bees.
Once the female finds a good location for a nest she will collect leaves to construct the nest cavities. She first cuts several circle shaped leaves the same diameter as the tube and places them in the back of the tunnel. Then she cuts oval shaped pieces of leaves to make a capsule to lay her egg in. Leafcutter bees will also use flower petals to line their nest with sometimes.
Again, I am amazed at this perfect design!
A female leaf cutter bee will complete one cell a day, on average, depending on weather and available resources.
The eggs will hatch shortly after they are laid and the larva will begin to grow. They will go through a few stages as they develop. How quickly they develop depends on their temperature. It is possible for an egg to develop quickly enough to be able to emerge later on during that same summer if it was laid early enough in the summer. But, in most cases the fully developed pupa will over-winter in the leaf capsule and emerge in the spring. The next generation of leafcutter bees will start the life cycle all over again, knowing instinctively how to play their part.
Leafcutter Bees Used In Agriculture:
Leafcutter bees are used in agriculture as pollinators. Leafcutter bee are less efficient at gathering pollen and nectar than honey bees. This means they have to make many more trips than the honey bee to gather the same amount of pollen. Therefore, they end up visiting and pollinating many more flowers. Leafcutter bees are also easy to house and manage, making them an ideal pollinator for farmers to use. Leafcutter bees are most widely used for pollinating alfalfa crops and wild blueberry crops.
Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.
All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
Psalms 86: 8-10