Well, we tracked down where it was getting the leaf pieces from – only about 2m away, from a Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria) that had self-seeded itself in a gravel path. We’d left it to grow because we weren’t sure what it was last year, but it had got too big and was blocking the path, so I dug it up yesterday! Only to find out today that it was the leaf-cutter bee’s leaf source – aaagh!
I’d left it lying on the path (to show off the huge effort it had taken me to dig it up, hmm) and Mr Hedwigia found the tell-tale semicircular holes along the leaf edges. So, I lay in wait and along came the bee. I have also now learnt how to make an animated gif by uploading a set of linked photos, but they don’t seem to work on here, sadly. The bee flying into the hole in the pot looks very funny.
Anyway, here she is in leaf-cutting action.