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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Carpenter bees on scale detrimental to beneficial


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Every day they trample all open Pentas flowers (read: butterfly food)
which abruptly wither.

Usually these bees are few there, so, my thought is to
net and destroy them individually;
unless you expect replacements very soon to arrive.


I'm not sure I understand your question but carpenter bees should not be damaging the flowers, are you certain that the damage is being caused by the bees? I would hesitate to destroy the bees because they are good pollinators of other plants. You might want to contact your local Extension office regarding suggestions for growing this plant. Sorry I can't be more specific.

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Jack DeAngelis


I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.


20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.


Ph.D. in Entomology

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