The nest robber

I was puzzled when I checked the bee hotel a couple of days ago. The painstaklingly, lovingly filled nesting cells of the Osmia leaiana nest that illustrated a post a few days ago were gone. There was pollen everwhere and the nest walls made of chewed leaves weren’t there. A Megachile willughbiella female, a leafcutter bee, was inside, rubbing its scopa against the walls. Was she the reason for the disappearance of the smaller mason bee’s nest or just taking advantage of a previous nest…

Source: BugBlog

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