For the past year, I've seen a little leafcutter bee activity on our property--very exciting!
There are only certain types of leaves they'll use... I think the leaf texture has to be just right for them: not too stiff, not too floppy, not fuzzy, not too veiny, etc. I've heard they really like roses and other plants in the rose family.
Today I found evidence that they also like the plant/flower called "Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate". Here is the young plant with its leafcutter "damage". I'm happy to share :)
You're welcome. I've read that they sometimes choose maples... I think it depends on what other leaves might be available. At any rate, the damage is minimal.
Last summer I was digging a little in my garden, and turned up a couple of the leaf structures they make to house their babies (the larval stage). Amazing structures. It's hard to believe an insect makes them. Take a moment on Google if you haven't seen a picture before--they're like perfect little leafy green cannisters. :)
Thanks for posting those pictures, Anne :) A couple of weeks ago, I had the good fortune to see a leafcutter bee fly by with a leaf piece in his mouth (my first time seeing that!) It's amazing to me that someone could capture it on camera since it feels like a rare event :)