The leaf cutting bees Megachile Latreille have been busy in the native patch for several weeks now, and I've observed them on the Klondike Orange Sulphur Cosmos shrub.
But I haven't yet noticed any of their handiwork - circular or cylindrical holes along plant leaves.
Usually I know these bees are around by first seeing the even holes along the edges of rose leaves.
Because of the tapered, triangular broad abdomen with a dense mass of hair, or scopa, beneath, and the pointed tip, you can tell that this is a Megachile perihirta female.
One of the distinctive characteristics of these bees is their wing position while foraging. While other bees, such as the Yellow-Faced Bumble Bees, close and fold their wings over the top of their abdomen, these bees hold their wings out to the side.
Such fascinating creatures!