Leafcutter bees --- info please?!

lola1(z9 Cen. CA)June 6, 2005

Well, as I still have my own problems with Carpenter Bees (different post), now I have new nuisance. I was painting the fascia a couple weeks ago and noticed a small insect fly right into an old nail hole beside me. My first thought was, 'OMG, we have flying termites.' I know--- irrational, but it was my first thought.

I have since been told that this was a leafcutter bee. They often chew round holes out of rose leaves and use them to make a nest in existing holes in houses. The holes can be in any kind of surface. In my case, I came across 3 different ones, of which one was painted wood, one was unpainted and the last was stucco!

Does anyone know more about these? I tried finding info and didn't come up with much.

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Leafcutter bees are different than the carpenter bees in that leafcutter bees use existing holes. They *aren't* making new holes.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2005 at 11:24PM
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lola1(z9 Cen. CA)

Correct, they are not making new holes in the fascia or other surfaces.

They are making holes all over my roses and the bracts of the bouganvilleas, ala swiss cheese, though.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2005 at 12:12PM
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