Cuckoo Leaf-cutter Bee  (three photos)
genus Coelioxys subgenus Xerocoelioxys

            leaf-cutter bee
This red-legged, green-eyed bee is stunning. I found it on Curlycup Gumweed
on Antelope Island, Davis County, Utah.  © Carol Davis 8-16-2017

Not many leaf-cutters can compare to this fancy bee. According to
Bugguide, Coelioxys species are cleptoparasites of Megachile bees.
You can see more info on them here.  © Carol Davis 8-16-2017

July and August are great months for finding Leaf-cutter Bees.
Check them out in your own yard. You can see evidence
of them by checking out rose leaves. They cut decorative
little circles out of them to use in nesting. They use
other plant leaves, as well, but they seem to really
like roses and even lilacs. © Carol Davis 8-16-2017

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