Wool Carder Bees... fascinating!

Discussion in 'Mason & other alternative bees' started by Hobie, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    The other day I was weeding the flower garden, and heard a chewing sound. I tracked it down to this little bee on the lamb's ear's, who appeared to be chewing a path in the leaf fuzz. Startled the bee and it took off, then hovered, with what looked like a mouthful of white fluff, then off it went. There was a little squiggly bare trail left on the leaf.

    I had no idea what it was but (gotta love Google!) did an internet search and found the "wool carder bee," which is a type of leaf-cutter that collects leaf fuzz for its nest.

    There's always something new to find...
     
  2. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I saw one of these on my Lantana yesterday. And I am guessing I shouldn't spray the grapevine which is missing a lot of leaf surface. (I spray with dilute dishsoap usually).
     

  3. beecrazy101

    beecrazy101 New Member

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    well with more the 20,000 different bees who knows what one might run into. 44 subspecies of honeybees. God knew what he was doing to keep everything in check.
     
  4. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Big 10-4 beecrazy!