Something is munching on my hibiscus flowers. Can you guess what it is?
My first guess was grasshoppers, as this type of damage is generally representative of their work. However, the semi-circular patterns of damage seemed a bit too symmetrical. A few minutes of observation solved the mystery…
Leaf-cutter bees. Unlike bees which have a caste system of queen, male drones, and female worker bees, leaf-cutters are a “solitary” species. They build nests out of soil, leaves, flowers petals – or in this case, my hibiscus flowers. I can’t get too upset however, as leaf-cutters are highly effective and important pollinators. As a side note, in the U.S. there are over 3500 bee species.