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Message 1281793 - Posted: 9 Sep 2012, 5:59:38 UTC - in response to Message 1281792.
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Message 1281796 - Posted: 9 Sep 2012, 6:05:28 UTC - in response to Message 1281793.

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They are beautiful, aren't they?

Yeah, and from the pictures, my little friends today were NOT working bees.
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Message 1281798 - Posted: 9 Sep 2012, 6:54:59 UTC

A quick field identification tip - Wasps tend to be bald, whereas bees tend to be furry. This is somewhat more certain than the colours as the most common colours of both are yellow/black in various combinations.

There is at least one bee that is an aggressive ground dweller, but that is quite rare. However the (African) killer bee is known to use vacated underground locations at the end of summer/beginning of autumn - and they are at their most aggressive just now.
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Message 1281851 - Posted: 9 Sep 2012, 10:33:31 UTC

Most areas have bee keepers that will be happy to help identify, and if they are honey bees help relocate them for you.

Wasps, Hornets, Honey Bees... there is quite a variety out there. And most like to be left to their pollenating and scavenging activities. I can not think of any that make good house guests.
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Message 1281865 - Posted: 9 Sep 2012, 12:23:01 UTC - in response to Message 1281851.

In my nineteen years in Germany, I have never been stung by a bee or wasp. Then I came to the US and walking barefoot is not a good thing here. A couple of Bees lost their lives within a week.
About three weeks ago, I noticed some wasps trying to establish some underground hive. Hadn't watered for a couple of days and the ground was kind of hard, they moved on.
The worst I have ever encountered, was a hive at my neighbor. A Queen established a nest in the lawn, then decided to move as the kids went home from school. As far I know, the hive was safely removed and no kid was stung.

Ang, I hope you don't mind telling on you. Her neighbor is a bee keeper and his flock produces great Honey and they never bother anybody.

Glad you are not allergic Mark and willing to let them live.
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Message 1281903 - Posted: 9 Sep 2012, 14:12:21 UTC

Sounds like a wasp. Sorry to hear about the sting Mark. Oh I agree that bumble bees, which are much larger, are really cool.

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Message 1281921 - Posted: 9 Sep 2012, 15:25:15 UTC

All is well today...
A little red spot that itches just a little bit is all that is left of my mowing mishap. The little wasps have likely forgotten about it too, and are going about their usual business.
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Message 1282206 - Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 11:16:47 UTC

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Message 1283221 - Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 13:06:31 UTC

We get underground honeybee nests here in Vermont on a regular basis. I keep one in the back lot established to pollinate our trees and plants, but when others turn up, I call one of three local beekeepers, who will excavate the queen and the others will follow into a hive. I've had 11 hives removed in the last 6 years, because the whole family except me is allergic. We have other underground critters too. The worst are ichneumon wasps. They not only sting, but will lay eggs under your skin with their long ovipositors.

Ermines in the garage and cat in the house keeps rodents away, except woodchucks. They have to be bombed out of their tunnels and relocated or covered up.

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Message 1283459 - Posted: 14 Sep 2012, 5:25:14 UTC

We have a lot of hornets, our Yellow jacket wasps, I am not sure but everyone has noticed that there are less house flies around compared to last year.

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Message 1283673 - Posted: 14 Sep 2012, 17:25:32 UTC

BEES!!! (Linked as it's a 3mb gif).
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Message 1285450 - Posted: 19 Sep 2012, 11:05:04 UTC

Isn't that Maya the bee? I loved that show when I was a kid!
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Message 1285526 - Posted: 19 Sep 2012, 16:12:16 UTC

About the only wasp/hornet that isn't really beneficial is the Mud dauber. It commonly collects beneficial spiders to feed its young larvae.
Other wasps and honets generally use other insects as food.

Yellow jackets are attracted to sweets. A common trap uses Mountain dew as the bait. THe yellow jackets fly in and are forced to land in the mountain dew which drowns them
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Message 1285781 - Posted: 20 Sep 2012, 10:38:32 UTC

Hi Julie, yes this is the Bee Maya with her Friend Willi



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