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Post by caric on 2nd March 2015, 22:28

Hi I am new to this forum & need some advice. I live in the Redlands in QLD & planted 7 bushes about 2 months ago. They are all flowering & growing well. I have been spraying them regularly for disease & pests however no matter what I spray them with I keep getting eaten leaves. I have searched the bushes for what it could be but NOTHING. The only thing I see from time to time are some type of mid size fly. I can strip the eaten leaves one day & the next there they appear again. It looks like semi circle bites in the leaves eaten from the edges. And no there is no sign of catepillars. It is very frustrating to say the least can anyone shed some light into what is eating them & advise me how to get rid of what ever it is please? I have lived in the Redlands before with 47 different bushes & never had this problem. I would post a photo but I can't work out how to do it.


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Post by paulh on 2nd March 2015, 23:07

Hi caric, welcome to Rosetalk, I'm sure you will enjoy being here. Now, what you have described, I would say your roses are being visited by the Leaf Cutter Bee. The semi circle cut outs on the leaf is a dead give away. They are seasonal, they won't hurt your plants and there is really nothing you can do to stop them. We all have this problem, they actually use the leaf to make nests.
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Post by neptune on 2nd March 2015, 23:19

Welcome to the forum Caric.........

is this what you are talking about.......?


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Post by caric on 2nd March 2015, 23:31

Yes!!! that is the bites exactly. Wow never had this one before. Why do my pest sprays not help? Is there something I can get for it? Also what I am worried about is as they are young bushes will this thing eat the new shoots?


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Post by caric on 2nd March 2015, 23:36

That's pretty amazing isn't it but annoying at the same time. It just makes my bushes look terrible.

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Post by neptune on 3rd March 2015, 00:09

I haven't found anything that kills them, mainly because they are harmless and only bite the leaves....they don't stripped your bushes or eat the new shoots.......you will probably find they only touch certain bushes.....with mine...they only hit one bush......the only annoying thing I find is when I show roses from that bush, I have honeymoon cuts in the leaf.....

This is the nest they make of the leaves...

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Post by Ausrose on 3rd March 2015, 00:40

Like John leaf cutter bees only attack the leaves of only one rose bush in my garden this being the pink Paul †Shirville. Although a little unsightly the damage is superficial.


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Post by neptune on 3rd March 2015, 01:02

The leaf cutter likes our Joyfulness
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Post by Ausrose on 3rd March 2015, 11:59

An article I wrote and was published in the NSW Rose.
Have you ever been picking roses and noticed a neat circle or oval removed from one or more leaves and wondered what they are. It is the work of a female leafcutter bee that uses the pieces of leaves that have been cut away to weave tiny cradles for her eggs inside her nest burrow.

A solitary bee meaning that they donít produce colonies like social insects such as honeybees, ants, etc. instead, individual female leafcutter bees do all the work of rearing. Excellent pollinators leaf cutter bees do little damage to roses however they do leave the leaves temporarily unsightly.

Like all bees their biggest enemy is insecticide and there are those who believe if we donít curtail the use of them bee populations could be wiped out. Taking into account the fact that bees are the main pollinators of our food crops this would be disastrous for mankind.

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Post by caric on 3rd March 2015, 12:30

I have noticed that they prefer the Black Caviar to all the others however the only one they leave alone is my Just Joey for some reason. Can't work that one out.

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Post by Ausrose on 3rd March 2015, 12:54

You will find red spider mite also prefer some cultivars to others.

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Post by Balinbear on 3rd March 2015, 23:16

A couple of our roses have been attacked by Leaf Cutters for the first time this year.
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Post by muscovyduckling on 4th March 2015, 21:49

Oh, they're the good guys! Yeah, they eat your leaves a bit, but they don't really do any harm, and they do a lot of good! They'll go away on their own soon until next year.

Just try not to worry about them, and if they make you sad, just smell the roses and try to think about all the good stuff they do Smile

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Post by AutumnDamask on 5th March 2015, 07:01

Yup, I'm with Zoe on this one. But then, I have honey bees and so I like bees. Wink

At least the chewed leaf doesn't die off (like with blackspot) or contain an "infection" (like "leaf curl" on peaches) which means the plant can still grow and be healthy with working leaves.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 14th March 2015, 15:15

Caric, if you are still around the leaf cutter bee is seasonal so I think there is no worries now, let us know if you are still having worries.
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