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moogie



Joined: 02 Feb 2005
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Location: Near Bridgend
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 05 10:23 am    Post subject: Bees and Roses  Reply with quote    

I have got a rose garden in my garden, and whilst I was doing gardening type things in it I noticed a bee come down, and chew off a section of rose leaf and then fly off with it. I've seen this happen before but I got to thinking, why do they do that then? I've never seen them do it with other plants species, only ever with roses. Do they do it with other plant species?

Lozzie



Joined: 25 May 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 05 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think this may be the Leafcutter Bee!

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05576.html

We saw these a lot at our last house. We had wondered what on earth was cutting such neat, surgical little semi-circles out of the rhododhendrons (sp)

L x

moogie



Joined: 02 Feb 2005
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Location: Near Bridgend
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 05 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes thats them! How interesting. Maybe I should be checking my roses for damage as there seem to be loads and loads about this year.

tawny owl



Joined: 29 Apr 2005
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Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 05 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

moogie wrote:
Yes thats them! How interesting. Maybe I should be checking my roses for damage as there seem to be loads and loads about this year.


I wouldn't bother; even if you've got masses, the damage they do is cosmetic, and they're good pollinators - that particular article makes them out to be much worse than they actually are, whereas some other sites recommend actually giving them places to nest.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 05 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't worry: they do no 'real' damage to the plants. We had them at our last house and the rose bushes suffered not one whit. They use the leaf sections to roll into little cigar shapes to house larvae burried in the soil. Fascinating creatures!

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