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butlern

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leaf cutter bees
« on: July 20, 2015, 08:11 AM »
I have a crape myrtle that is becoming fodder for these bees.

Any suggestions for control/elimination. University extension services suggest nothing works short of eliminating the nest (if it can be found).

Just wondered if anyone here has specific experience.

Maybe I just need to keep the tree screened away from the insect. Worried that this could progress and the tree could eventually be defoliated this summer.

Thanks,

Noah
 

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Re: leaf cutter bees
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2015, 08:19 AM »
I don't think I'd worry about it, and I certainly would NOT eliminate any of the few pollinators we still have around now. 

The cut leaves are a cosmetic problem at the most, and bee depredations will only last for a limited time.
 

butlern

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Re: leaf cutter bees
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2015, 08:30 AM »
Yes, the more I read, the more I learned that the tree is not in jeopardy (while the pollinators certainly are).

Thanks for the quick reply, too.

Noah
 

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Re: leaf cutter bees
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2015, 03:28 AM »
Leaf cutter bees love my maples so I just drape some soft netting over the and tuck it under the pot in spring.  No need to harm valuable pollinators.