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May 30, 2015 10:18 AM CST
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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I have never seen bees eat any plant like this. There were two of them but one flew away before I got the photo.
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May 30, 2015 10:52 AM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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I have never seen a bee eat any kind of plant. But today I saw a gray tree squirrel go down completely into a hole like a chipmunk and retrieve an acorn on two different occasions, and I had never seen that before either.
I do have carpenter bees that bore holes in wood, but I don't think they actually eat the wood, just leave a pile of sawdust behind.
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May 30, 2015 11:03 AM CST
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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Bee-zarre!

That is a carpenter bee I think, so maybe it's getting material for a nest or, thinks that's wood, or?
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May 31, 2015 10:20 AM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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My guess is that the bee is after something in the wound. But that the plant was already wounded, I strongly do not think the bee did it, he is just using it. Maybe it is after the moisture?
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Jun 1, 2015 12:30 AM CST
Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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There are leaf cutter bees that cut little circular notches in foliage to line their nests with. If you could I.D. the bee you might find out what it is doing there. I've never heard of a bee "eating" foliage for food. If the wound was exuding some sort of sweet sap perhaps the bee was lapping it up. Even that would be a new one for me......Maryl
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Jun 1, 2015 5:48 AM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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That doesn't appear to be a leaf cutter bee, but here is an interesting article on them.
http://permaculturenews.org/20...
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Jun 8, 2015 1:42 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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I can't see the insect in quite enough detail but is it possible it is not a bee but a bee lookalike? For example:

http://www.whatsthatbug.com/20...
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Jun 8, 2015 2:17 PM CST
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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That is possible. You learn something new every single day.
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Jun 9, 2015 8:44 PM CST
Name: Sara
Louisiana (Zone 8b)
Some species of Bees will cover their bore holes (nests) with masticated plant material.
http://www.ars.usda.gov/images...

I put out bee hotels this year and I've caught a few bees that look like carpenter bees making leafy green plugs. I am not sure if they are true carpenter bees, or a type of leaf cutter that mimics carpenter bees in appearance.
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Jun 9, 2015 8:44 PM CST
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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I believe carpenter bees do use plant stems to shelter in and still think that's a possibility here, though a daylily leaf seems pretty unlikely!
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Jun 9, 2015 8:45 PM CST
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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Cross posted with you, permascapes. Welcome to ATP! and that's interesting about the masticated leaf plugs. Sounds more likely than my thought.

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Jun 9, 2015 8:52 PM CST
Name: Sara
Louisiana (Zone 8b)
Thanks for the welcome.
I've been looking at the daylilies on this site for a few months now (my new obsession) and finally made an account for the forums. So here I am! Big Grin

Here is a bee I caught making a nest, and the plug she left behind.
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Jun 9, 2015 9:18 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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permascapes,
Welcome!
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Jun 10, 2015 6:16 AM CST
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Welcome! Permascapes!!!
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Jun 10, 2015 6:31 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b and Fl
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Hi Sara, Welcome! to ATP.
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Jun 10, 2015 6:46 AM CST
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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Great pictures! Glad you're here. Thumbs up
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