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Stunned woman discovers a bizarre green rod in her towels

Stunned woman discovers a bizarre green rod in a towel in her backyard – before the amazing story behind it is revealed

  • Aussie wife found a strange leafy rod in a towel she left in her backyard
  • People online pointed out that it is the nest of the common Leafcutter bee
  • Leaf cutter bees cut neat circles out of soft leaves to make their nest
  • They build nests in folded towels and in holes in patio furniture and walls


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An Australian woman was stunned to find a strange green ‘rod’ in a towel left in her backyard.

She posted an image of the hollow leaf cylinder on the popular Facebook group ‘Australia – What Bug Is This?’ and commentators were quick to pinpoint the culprit.

The cigar-like rod is the nest of the Megachile Leafcutter Bee which is common in backyards across Australia.

An Australian woman was stunned to find this strange green rod in a towel she left in her backyard

The cigar-like rod is apparently the nest of the Megachile Leafcutter Bee which is common in backyards across Australia

The cigar-like rod is apparently the nest of the Megachile Leafcutter Bee which is common in backyards across Australia

An Australian woman was stunned after she found this strange green rod in a towel she left in her backyard, which turned out to be the work of a female leaf-cutter bee

If you’ve noticed odd holes in your garden plants, your yard may also be home to a leaf-cutter bee that cuts neat round discs out of soft leaves to build their nests.

They especially like soft leaves such as desmodiums, sennas, roses, ginger, bauhinia, buddleia and bananas.

Leafcutter bees usually build their nests in folded towels left outside, as well as holes in door and window frames, and holes in rock or wood walls and outdoor furniture.

The leafcutter bee is found all over Australia and cuts neatly encircled from soft leaves to build a nest

The leafcutter is a friendly and harmless inhabitant of the backyard and some gardeners and farmers even encourage their presence because they provide healthy pollination.

They are solitary bees and not aggressive, only sting in serious danger and do not damage plants with their leaf cutting.

If you find a leaf-cutter’s nest, it’s recommended that you handle it with care and place the nest near where you found it so that the bee’s hard work isn’t wasted.

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