Flying insect eats leaves on small trees
There is a flying insect that is striped like a bee, with pincers, that eats circles on leaves of lilac, new maple, violets, and has tried a few others too. Last year it was the lilac and the hawethorne that were decimated. What is it? How do I get rid of it without spraying and killing everything else in the garden. I live in NYC with a terrace that has lush plantings and praying mantis! But this flying bee-like fly has me stumped. Can you help?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Hi,

Thanks for writing. It sounds like a leaf-cutter bee. These bees are important pollinators and rarely cause damage to the plant's health (the holes are more of a cosmetic issue), so I've not often seen tips for controlling them before. But for more information, check out: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05576.html

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