As my precious baby cucumbers burst from the soil, something chewed them down. All of them. Every. Last. One. I replanted and again, they eagerly sprouted only for half of them to be eaten down again. On the verge of insanity and total rage, I set out a pinwheel and cups over-turned onto posts that rattled with the wind and replanted some for a third time. I was sure this was a bunnies doing, and if this didn't work then I was off to buy a gun. :mad:
Well, eventually the eating slowed down and I had assumed my great trick worked. I was very proud of myself. Although some leaves were still being chewed on, it was nowhere near the previous devastation.
Then today, out watering, I saw it.
A weird colored bee flitting right by me, with a HUGE honking piece of MY
cucumber leaf in it's grubby little black claws. I watched it, incredulous. It flew around me twice (mocking me, I'm sure) and then flew into a hole in the mulch at the base of an untouched cantaloupe plant.
I immediately stuck my hose on top of the hole and flooded and flooded and flooded it. Too bad my soil is almost all sand and everything goes straight through.
I angrily stomped inside and started to investigate so that I could educate others. There are very evil bees out there called ground-nesting bees (and wasps) and they live solitary lives, building 1-bee apartments in the soil and, apparently, mulch. They cut up precious, beloved leaves to wrap around their eggs. (If you don't believe me, click here
Now, I know I've complained of a no-pollination, lack-of-bee problem, but this is not the solution I wanted! What is the point of pollinators if they're killing the plants they are supposed to pollinate?
if only I were a drinkin' girl...