Press "Enter" to skip to content

Leafcutter bees and other garden visitors

Last month, Jim and I added a new rose to the front garden. Her name is “Louise Odier,” and she has been around since 1861, making her an Old Garden Rose. Her flowers are double in a shade of deep rose pink. She also has a characteristic that many modern roses lack: sumptuous fragrance. Right now, Louise is only about 12 inches tall, but she will reach a height of about 5 feet over the next several years.

A few days ago, I noticed small, perfect circles cut into the “Louise Odier” leaves, as though someone had used a hole punch to make green confetti. I told Jim, “I know what makes these holes. It’s some kind of bee, but I can’t think of the name. It doesn’t hurt the leaves.” Then I forgot about the holes, until Christine, a friend, mentioned on Facebook that the perpetrator is a leafcutter bee. What name could be more obvious than “leafcutter bee?”

The leafcutter bee (Megachile spp.) is a native, solitary, non-aggressive bee with a mild sting that it employs only when handled. ...

To view the rest of this article, you must log in. If you do not have an account with us, please subscribe here.