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Post by paulh on 6th January 2014, 00:12

Now to all who have grown roses for a while may have come across this phenomenon in person, however to those of us who haven't seen it, it is amazing.

Walking past one of our roses yesterday the wife says to me, have a look at that, there's a black be hovering around the roses. I replied, yeah right, it's a blow fly, don't you no the difference between a blow fly and a bee.

She said no, it's a bee, so at that exact time I turned around to witness a Leaf Cutter Bee, land on a leaf, then within about 5-6 seconds this bee has cut a precice half circle about 1/2 - 3/4 inch long. It then with a loud buzz took off with the peice of leaf, how cool was that we though, to be up so close within about 2 feet to watch this incredible bee in action and to witness how fast it did it's job.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 6th January 2014, 08:08

I must admit we get them here sometimes but not that often. It was only yesterday I went to a friends house and low and behold what do I see, they have one rose, a standard 'Double Delight', it had been attacked serverely
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Post by Happy roses on 6th January 2014, 08:34

A couple of mine have been attacked severely as well, I saw the culprit in action for the first time recently it's amazing how fast they work.
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Post by neptune on 6th January 2014, 11:40

Nothing worse is when they decide to decimate the leaves of the rose you are setting up to put on the show bench.......grrrrrrr...... Cursing 
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Post by Happy roses on 6th January 2014, 14:02

My roses look so sad with their leaves chewed off, if only there is some sort of deterrent like the stuff you can get to keep cats out of your garden that is nontoxic.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 6th January 2014, 14:19

Have you "Mr Googled" all about the bee, there might be an organic approach, Happy.
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Post by hariet~rose on 6th January 2014, 22:42

Please spare the leaf cutter bees, they really are the good gals of the garden...
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Post by betsyw on 7th January 2014, 06:09

If my spoiled and petted and totally unnecessary roses can be put to use in service of the marvellous and essential bees, personally then I am thrilled. Take as many leaves as you need for your egg cradles, my little pollinating friends. You're always welcome in my garden.
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Post by Happy roses on 7th January 2014, 08:53

No I wouldn't hurt them, I don't mind them taking leaves, just wish they would leave some for the poor rose...anyway the ones I find fascinating are the really little black and yellow striped (bees? I'm not sure what they are) that hover around the roses.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 7th January 2014, 12:12

I think they are "hover flies" from memory, Happy.
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Re: Now that's Amazing

Post by paulh on 7th January 2014, 22:51

My answer to all these bugs is a simple one...
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Post by hariet~rose on 11th January 2014, 10:09

The cutting of the leaves  in neat little circles is by leaf cutter bees imo (extremely lucky to see that, please post pictures of them in action).. but they do not have yellow stripes, they have white stripes.. but the hovering being described, along with the yellow stripes, does sound like a hoverfly (see my picture).. these are useful insects too as their babies eat aphids.. so imo you have seen two wonderful insects at work.. note in my picture that the hoverfly is being nabbed for dinner by a spider


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Post by betsyw on 11th January 2014, 10:25

Great shot!!!!
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Post by hariet~rose on 11th January 2014, 12:02

thank you! the shot was taken down in the Hunter as a matter of fact
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 11th January 2014, 13:50

What a vicious circle we live in, and I am only talking about the animal world.
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Post by betsyw on 11th January 2014, 14:03

"Nature, red in tooth and claw..."
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Post by silkyfizz on 11th January 2014, 16:04

That's an amazing photo! Thank you. Now I know what a hover fly looks like.
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