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    misskitty
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    It is spring once more and I have a question about bee’s.

    My front yard has little holes all over it and hundreds of bee’s hovering the yard.

    Their not aggressive at all you can get right in the middle of them and they don’t seem to be bothered I have never been stung nor has my son. I don’t mind having them at all they only stay about a month and it happens every year. I was just wondering if anyone knows what their called ? What they do or if anyone has this happen in there yard?

    It’s always a sign of spring I was just curious about it. Also there are no hives there strictly ground bee’s.

    #264763

    Mister MooCow
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    misskitty wrote >>
    It is spring once more and I have a question about bee’s.
    My front yard has little holes all over it and hundreds of bee’s hovering the yard.
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    We have neighbors that are lucky enough to have a large colony of digger bees in their yard. Check this “fact sheet” for more info: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2143.html

    #264764

    WildmanDan
    Member

    Well thankfully they are not yellow jackets (wasps that people mistake for bees) that live in holes in grounds, logs, etc. Had the fun of dealing with them on more than one occasion growing up. Also the fun of helping my maternal grandparents clear out all their hornets nests every summer in various trees. Also the occasional bumble bee nest that crop up in weird places like mason jars, etc.

    #264765

    misskitty
    Participant

    ok awesome I bet that is what they are. Like I said they are really no issue and just kick it for a month. And we are missing grass out front right now.
    I noticed the Robin and Cardinal we have eating them I hope they don’t get stung.
    Yea and for some reason there pretty docile with lots of kids in the area that is a good thing.
    Thanks for the Link

    #264766

    Core_Models
    Member

    I can never remember what bees sting, what don’t, etc. I do know what hornets look like, and that’s pretty much the only one I stay clear of because they seem agressive as hell.

    #264767

    WildmanDan
    Member

    Core_Models wrote >>
    I can never remember what bees sting, what don’t, etc. I do know what hornets look like, and that’s pretty much the only one I stay clear of because they seem agressive as hell.

    Believe me, if you ran across some yellow jackets, you would know about it. The are harder to watch out for since you may not know your right on top of them. Also both are wasps, but we tended to break them up on not as bees and wasps, but which attacked you and which didn’t.

    #264768

    misskitty
    Participant

    I have got stung by wasps a lot when I was younger and playing out in the woods and places wasps love to hide. ouch!!

    It’s been a real exciting this spring so far I have seen so many new birds around we have a Northern Male Cardinal, Bluejays, and a really cute one that has a bright red Mohawk it makes a lot of noise.

    #264769

    Core_Models
    Member

    pretty soon you’ll just see Bluejays…

    #264770

    misskitty
    Participant

    Why?!?
    I am not real informed on birds is why I ask.

    #264771

    Cuz bluejays are pricks, and they chase everything else off. But usually not cardinals.

    What does a bumblebee nest look like?

    #264772

    WildmanDan
    Member

    Please remember, trying to remember old images, but bumble bees nests were a series of round sacs clustered together. But remember that is from over 20 years ago so I may be confusing it with something else.

    #264773

    Matthew
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    misskitty wrote >>
    I have got stung by wasps a lot when I was younger and playing out in the woods and places wasps love to hide. ouch!!
    It’s been a real exciting this spring so far I have seen so many new birds around we have a Northern Male Cardinal, Bluejays, and a really cute one that has a bright red Mohawk it makes a lot of noise.

    Bright red mohawk is probably a woodpecker. I’ve been feeding a pair of them all winter. I’ve been told that mud daubers also don’t sting/bite. Although I’ve never tested the theory.

    #264774

    Alex Silbajoris
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    From what I see around town, it seems the bumblebees have largely replaced the honeybees as pollenators.

    As for the yellowjackets, that’s a whole different story. I’ve met up with them on a few occasions when landscaping. Now I mess with junk piles in winter.

    I used to watch a cabin that was a magnet for the paper wasps, they’d build nests all around window and door frames, eaves, etc. They would stand guard on the nests but you could walk right past them and they would not attack. They would get trapped in the house by the hundreeds, on a quiet day the main sound was them whapping against the upsatirs windows and skylights. The house also trapped moths.

    Moving up the food chain, the house also had a polulation of mice that apparently lived off the trapped insects – I would find wasp and moth wings, but no bodies. Then once in a while I would find a shed snake skin somewhere inside. I don’t know if a hawk ever flew in the window…

    #264775

    misskitty
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    alexs wrote >>
    Then once in a while I would find a shed snake skin somewhere inside. I don’t know if a hawk ever flew in the window…

    That was most likely the snake feeding on the mice then shedding for growth. At least you never came a crossed a giant snake by surprise lol

    #264776

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    It was funny to ask the owners where they found the skin, and they responded “what snakeskin?”

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