Mammillaria Forum

Discussion Forum about Mammillaria, Coryphantha and Escobaria
 
HomeHome  GalleryGallery  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log in  

Share | 
 

 Leaf Cutter Bees

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
Simon Greenwood

avatar

Number of posts : 39
Location : Chester, England
Registration date : 2010-07-15

PostSubject: Leaf Cutter Bees   Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:47 pm

I've a problem with Leaf Cutter Bees burrowing tunnels into the soil of my cacti pots.

I'm loathe to kill the bees. But, short of using an insecticide, don't know how to control them.

I can probably live with the mess that their excavations create, but are they likely to cause my plants any damage?

Thanks.... Si (new member of the forum)
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Chris43
Moderator
Moderator
avatar

Number of posts : 1642
Age : 74
Location : Chinnor, UK
Registration date : 2008-07-16

PostSubject: Re: Leaf Cutter Bees   Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:17 pm

I don't think that leaf cutter bees are a real problem, but it would depend on how much space the bee needs to construct its nest tunnel. It might cut through the roots if they are in the way.
I agree that it would be a shame to kill them, so I guess that somehow you need to develop a barrier between the open air and the soil, so the bees are no longer attracted. You could do this by, perhaps using pots with only holes at the bottom, and put a good lining of stones at the bottom; and then leave some space, maybe 1-2cm at the top of the pot and fill this with grit or gravel.
I don't know if this would work, as I haven't experienced this particular problem, but it would seem to me to be a deterrent - I hope the bee would think so too!

_________________
Chris43, moderator
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.woodedge.me.uk/index.html
phil

avatar

Number of posts : 9
Location : Kent UK
Registration date : 2010-05-24

PostSubject: Re: Leaf Cutter Bees   Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:55 am

I had a problem with 'Leaf Cutter Bees' nesting in pots some 15 years ago, this went on for a number of years. I eventually cured it by increasing the amount of grit in the bottom of the pot and providing a deeper top dressing.
The bees didn't harm the plants, but were slightly anoying.
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.cactusplant.co.uk/
Simon Greenwood

avatar

Number of posts : 39
Location : Chester, England
Registration date : 2010-07-15

PostSubject: Re: Leaf Cutter Bees   Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:46 pm

Thanks for the advice guys. I'll try it out. Although, happily, the bees have disappeared. They've buzzed off (sorry!).

I remember reading something somewhere about them only breeding for a few weeks each year. So maybe that's the end of my problem for this season at least.

...... Si
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Pete A



Number of posts : 10
Age : 48
Location : Reading, Berkshire, UK
Registration date : 2010-06-09

PostSubject: Re: Leaf Cutter Bees   Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:33 pm

I had a leaf cutter bee in a mammillaria pot a few years ago. I had fun by moving the pot around on the bench. The bee always found the correct pot even when I moved it onto the floor!

My solution was to wait until the bees cleared off at the end of the season, then put mesh up against the windows to keep all bees and other insects out. I found it also cured Western Flower Thrip.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Simon Greenwood

avatar

Number of posts : 39
Location : Chester, England
Registration date : 2010-07-15

PostSubject: Re: Leaf Cutter Bees   Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:32 pm

Good idea Pete. Thanks.

...... Si
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Leaf Cutter Bees   

Back to top Go down
 
Leaf Cutter Bees
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» Leaf Cutter Bees
» LEAF CUTTER ANTS
» Somethings eating my okra leaves!
» What's eating my loofah flowers?
» Leaf cutter ants

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Mammillaria Forum :: MAIN SECTION :: Culture-
Jump to: