Something is eating my young raspberry bush

Asked May 30, 2019, 7:52 AM EDT

I planted a raspberry bush last spring that only grew one small stalk. It came back this year and though still small, it now has 3 stalks coming up from the ground. Until 2 weeks ago it looked healthy. But now something is eating the leaves, which will most likely slow or kill the plant. Can you please ID the pest and recommend treatment? Thank you!

District of Columbia County District of Columbia raspberries beneficial insects leafcutter bees small fruits

1 Response

Based on your photos the notched holes on the side of the leaves looks like they were made by leafcutter bees. The bees use the pieces of leaves as a lining and plug for their egg cells. The bees are pollinators and are beneficial. They sometimes nest in rotten and holes in solid wood. No control is necessary. Here is more about them. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/leafcutter-bees-shrubs
Your plants should recover.

Marian