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Evelina
2018-07-01, 03:43

What is eating this Bougainvillea?

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My dad just planted this in a planter box in his backyard. I am wondering what kind of insect could be eating the flowers? It looks like paper punch holes.

Tammie
2018-07-01, 18:49
#1

You have leaf cutter bees. Leaf cutter bees are a type of Solitary Bee. They use the cut pieces of leaves to build there nests. They do not drill holes in wood. They only look for holes that are already there or if there is wood that is decaying and soft they can excavate it to form a bed for there eggs. They are much more efficient than Honey Bee's at pollenating. You can read more about them here.

https://www.buzzaboutbees.net/leafcutter-bee.html

Happy creating!

Tammie

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Evelina
2018-07-01, 19:54
#2

Oh how cute! So they are harmless to the plant then? 🙂

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Tammie
2018-07-04, 18:46
#3

Yes, they are harmless and actually beneficial as they will pollinate the plant.

Happy creating!

Tammie

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