The alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata: the world's most intensively managed solitary bee.

@article{PittsSinger2011TheAL,
  title={The alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata: the world's most intensively managed solitary bee.},
  author={T. Pitts-Singer and J. Cane},
  journal={Annual review of entomology},
  year={2011},
  volume={56},
  pages={
          221-37
        }
}
  • T. Pitts-Singer, J. Cane
  • Published 2011
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Annual review of entomology
  • The alfalfa leafcutting bee (ALCB), Megachile rotundata F. (Megachildae), was accidentally introduced into the United States by the 1940s. Nest management of this Eurasian nonsocial pollinator transformed the alfalfa seed industry in North America, tripling seed production. The most common ALCB management practice is the loose cell system, in which cocooned bees are removed from nesting cavities for cleaning and storage. Traits of ALCBs that favored their commercialization include gregarious… CONTINUE READING

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