leafcutter bee damage

Photo: Leafcutter bee damage, Kimberly Steinmann, University of California, Bugwood.org

Updated: April 21, 2021

Leafcutter bees resemble small bumble bees. They cut circular pieces of leaves from plants such as rose and azalea. The bees use the pieces of leaves as a lining and plug for their egg cells. Leafcutter bees are solitary and nest in rotten wood, hollow stems of plants, holes in solid wood, or in other protected natural cavities. They do little damage and control is not necessary

leafcutter bees on flowers
Photo: leafcutter bees on flowers, Kimberly Steinmann, University of California, Bugwood.org