Mystery muncher

Hibiscus

Something is munching on my hibiscus flowers. Can you guess what it is?

*munchmunchmunch*

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…

*munchmunchmunch*

*munchmunchmunch*

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.

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