Rose (Rosa)-Small carpenter bee

Ceratina spp.

Pest description and crop damage Small bees, 0.37 inch long and metallic blue or blue-green, burrow into the pith of cut stems and make cells for young. Cells are provisioned with pollen and nectar. Damage is not serious and is only in pruned stems.

Management-cultural control

  • Cover cut stems with wax to prevent burrowing and egg laying.
  • Prune out damaged canes.