Giant Resin Bee Megachile sculpturalis Smith, 1853Non-native  Synonyms: Sculptured Resin Bee.

Status:

Magnificent but invasive. Originates in eastern Asia, where it feeds its babies pollen from leguminous plants, particularly woody ones such as Kudzu. It has been introduced into North America and has now spread as far west as Colorado. It will likely expand all the way to the West Coast. It is large enough to apparently usurp active Carpenter Bee holes and thus will make for interesting conflicts as it becomes established." (S. Droege, 7/21/2014)

Relationships:

Gathers pollen from leguminous plants, with particular fondness for Kudzu.

There are 27 records in the project database.

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A Giant Resin Bee in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/9/2018). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Giant Resin Bee in Allegany Co., Maryland (7/17/2014). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Giant Resin Bee in Howard Co., Maryland (8/31/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Giant Resin Bee in Talbot Co., Maryland (7/5/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Giant Resin Bee in Talbot Co., Maryland (7/5/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A female Giant Resin Bee in Baltimore City, Maryland (6/29/2009). Confirmed by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A male Giant Resin Bee in Baltimore City, Maryland (6/27/2009). Confirmed by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A male Giant Resin Bee in Baltimore City, Maryland (6/27/2009). Confirmed by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A Giant Resin Bee in Baltimore Co., Maryland (7/16/2014). Photo by Max Wilson. (MBP list)

A Giant Resin Bee in Kent Co., Maryland (6/20/2015). Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list) (More of this species)

A Giant Resin Bee in Washington Co., Maryland (6/24/2018). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

Giant Resin Bee in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/20/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A female Giant Resin Bee in Prince George's Co., Maryland (7/12/2012). Photo by Heagan Ahmed and processed by Dejen Mengis. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Giant Resin Bee in Kent Co., Maryland (7/21/2014). Photo by Sam Droege. (MBP list)

A female Giant Resin Bee in Kent Co., Maryland (7/21/2014). Photo by Sam Droege. (MBP list)

A female Giant Resin Bee in Kent Co., Maryland (7/21/2014). Photo by Sam Droege. (MBP list)

A Giant Resin Bee in Harford Co., Maryland (8/6/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)


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