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Have you ever wondered what is attacking rose leaves and leaving perfect semi-circle cut outs on soft new leaves? This is the fabulous work of one of our native solitary bees. These important bees can drive gardeners to despair as they witness the gorgeous new growth disappear before their very eyes. The Leaf Cutter Bee doesn’t actually eat the leaf. It uses its strong mouth piece to shear off the leaf and then places it between the back legs to transport it to the narrow hole it’s found to build its nest. If you come across a nest built of leaf pieces it’s an architectural marvel. Overlapping leaf pieces jammed into a narrow opening is a safe protected home for the larvae to develop. Marvel at their ingenuity and don’t reach for the spray as the Leaf Cutter Bee is an important part of the pollination process in the garden.

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