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Osmanthus munchers

Hi All,

Anyone any idea what's having an alfresco bite off my Osmanthus burwoodii?? It's widespread throughout a hedge of 15m. I always thought they were trouble free, and the web has thrown up no clues. I imagine it's a beetle of some kind. 

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  • Leaf cutter bee? But I'm not sure if they like osmanthus and damage is perhaps a bit too widespread if it's the whole hedge. 

    • Hi Glen,

      Yeah never thought of it. Looks like the right kind of damage alright.. still they are a friend not a foe..


      All the best


      • Yeah if it is the bees it's a damage to tolerate rather than deal with 

      • Definitely Megachile centuncularis, Leaf Cutter Bee

        • I hope your right Barry John


          Thanks a million

  • if there's no sign of bugs could they be nicks from a hedge trimmer?

    • Hi Tim,

      No it hasnt been trimmed yet this year.I found what appears to be droppings like that of a caterpillar on some of the leaves.im gonna mail my suppliers and ask if they have had other reports like on mine.. 

      All the best


  • I would suggest it is more like vine weevil. If there are small grubs in the roots then it is vine weevils.

    Leafcutter bees tend to have almost perfect circles and don't cause any damage and are amazing little creatures!

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      I agree, leaf cutter bees on St John's wort leave near perfect three quarter circles. 

  • My garden has been absolutely infested with Vine Weevils for the first time this year. They are indiscriminate and eat everything. It could well be them although the bites do look a little large. They are only active at night so you will have to get out there with a torch and a jar. Good luck!

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