The Megachile, or Leafcutter bee is a small solitary bee.
There are over 1000 bee species in South Africa. Only a few are social, such as the honey bee, but most are solitary. They either make nests of mud or resin, or nest in holes in wood or the ground. Their distribution is determined by the type of vegetation, soil, climate, altitude and many other factors.
The bees visit most nectar producing plants in the garden, like the gazania above, but standing among the shoulder high cosmos is almost a guarantee that one will soon be spectator to some interesting encounters.
Like this one ….
And in case you were worried … No, the spider did not get an early lunch!