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Old 01-04-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Utopia
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I've been here a little over 2 years, have a beautiful Bougainvilla tree (I clip it down to 5'), but some bug at all my leaves off the tree this summer as there are big chomps out of my leaves that are left. Was this a bug or worm? And how can I kill the bug/worm off?????
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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If, as I suspect, you are seeing semi-circles cut out of the leaves and or bracts (the red part), nothing is "eating" them. They are a favorite material for "leaf cutter bees", who use them to make their nests. These bees are beneficail insects, and should not be eliminated. Your bougainvilla will survive just fine. This time of the year (winter) it is typical for the leaves to turn yellow and drop off, so don't be concerned it that is what you are noticing. Do not trim back your bougainvilla in the fall or early winter, wait until no more danger of frost.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Hyrule
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Aw yes, petal bee's. You must have a few who build nests in your fence or side of your home. You can eliminate some of them by plugging up any small holes near the bush. Look around and watch, you'll see them and where they are going. They don't like to travel far since they are carrying a mouth full of your plants leaves.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Utopia
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Thanks...I would have never know if it weren't for you two. I haven't seen any bees but, then again, I haven't been hanging outside in the backyard for quite a long time.
I do have a concrete block fence, but will try and see if I can find any of these bees.
Sure hoping all the leaves fall off and new ones grow. My poor flowering plant looks pretty sad right now.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Get a systemic bug/disease/fertilizer, I use Bayer, and give your bush a dose. It is good protection for most everything.
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