Is bougainvillea a more preferred host to leaf cutter bee, Megachile sp. (Hymenoptera : Megachilidae) than rose?

JAYDEEP HALDER, ACHINTYA PRAMANIK, A B RAI

Abstract


Incidence of leaf cutter bee was observed on ornamental plants viz., rose and bougainvillea mainly grown for roof-gardening in the urban and peri-urban areas of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh during summer season, 2014. Critical observation revealed the serious infestation of this bee mainly in bougainvillea as compared to well-known rose. Pliable and bigger size bougainvillea leaves and leaf-surface chemistry might be responsible for its preference over harsh, turgid and smaller size rose leaves.


Keywords


Bougainvillea; Megachile; preference; rose

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