Leafcutting Bees Make Perfect Holes

Leaf cutting bee holesEver wonder what makes those perfectly round holes in rose leaves?  Looks kind of like a giant hole punch.  That’s the work of a leaf cutting bee – a solitary bee that lines a hollow stem or other tube with leaf pieces for it nest. They make several chambers, each with an egg and a food supply for the developing larvae. They are also important pollinators of plants, so we should consider them a very beneficial insect, and the holey roses a decorative feature.

For a more complete description of their biology and habits, check out this page in the online Field Guide to Common Texas Insects.

Here’s a video of it in action

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