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Hi,

I was checking my japanese maples (for aphids) today and was quite shocked to see a couple of bees flying off, each with part of a leaf. There are small circular holes in a few leaves, so these little fellows are the prime suspects.

I know the benefit that bees bring to the garden but don't really want them chewing all my plants. Anyone had experience of these and any ideas how i could prevent them damaging my maples? (without damaging the bees!)

nutcutlet

Once they've built their nest they won't bother you any more.

 

GillyL

Agree with Nutcutlet,they will only trouble you for a short while,and although irriataing to find circular holes in leaves they are quite entertaining.

Thanks for the replies, I thought they wouldn't pose much of a threat. I agree it is quite entertaining watching them fly off with a big chunk of leaf in their undercarriage. I think they are making home in the garden a couple of doors down. They're pretty skilfill at cutting a perfect eliptical hole as well.

nutcutlet

I spend my time going round looking for insects to admire how they work. 

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Welshonion

It really would be sad to begrudge the bees a few leaves.

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