Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: If you turn it upside down, they will come?

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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 19, 2015 1:42 PM CST
So, it looks like honeybees are hiving in an upturned clay pot out back.

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I'm glad they're there! but I wonder if there is going to be a point when I'm supposed to, like, do something? I think I can care for the tomatoes next to them without disturbing them, and I now have no intention of trying to weed out that grass behind their clay hive, Whistling Green Grin!

Is there anything I should know? Aside from, Hurray! yay, bees!

Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
May 20, 2015 8:26 AM CST
It depends.... if its a native bee like bumblebees leave alone their nests don't get as big. and they are really hurting these days because of humans. same goes with leaf cutter bees, miner bees

Where do you live? Africanized or killer bees are becoming an issue in the southern us. . those you DO NOT want. they can put you in the ER.

if its yellow jackets/hornets you got a problem. there nests can be over a meter wide and contain thousands of workers all ready to sting. at the slightest disturbance. Can you post pictures of the workers, so we know.
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
May 20, 2015 8:55 AM CST
Also if you don't mind / and you don't do anything to the nest/ assuming its okay. I would like the old nest come this late fall/ winter. to give to my local science musium in st paul, mn. they give points to people- mostly kids- that bring in nature related things, which you can use like cash at there store to buy things.


I'd give you my email if you don't mind so we can keep in touch as it gets closer to that time. but i don't know how to do it safely without brood casting it on here
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 20, 2015 9:16 AM CST
Nope, just European honeybees like I grew up with, but thanks for all the info. No idea about this fall; let's see what happens. Smiling
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
May 20, 2015 3:36 PM CST
Okay, a honeybee nest may be okay... we just have to be sure there are no dormant foundresses/queens hiding inside when you ship. Wouldn't want painful stings included, lol.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
May 20, 2015 5:15 PM CST
hey, Kyla. Can you get a photo of the bees? Would be nice to get a positive ID on what kind of bee, since different bees build different kinds of habitats and respond in different ways to intruders.
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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 20, 2015 5:18 PM CST
Catmint, I am positive from my own observation that these are honeybees. Getting a good closeup MIGHT be possible, and I will see what I can do.

Thanks!

My understanding is that most of the native bees do not hive but tend to be solitary. Though I realize that's an extremely general statement. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
May 20, 2015 5:38 PM CST
From what I understand, the native bees tend to nest in the ground and don't typically engage in the aggressive guarding behavior that honeybees can do with their hives.
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― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
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kylaluaz
May 22, 2015 11:25 AM CST
Anyway, I think these bees "went". After a really long hard rain yesterday, they seem to have vanished and I think it might not have been protected enough for them in there? Have not seen ary a bee today, and I even wiggled the pot to check.... So now Ima havta weed that grass, I reckon. Sticking tongue out
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! The WITWIT Badge Winter Sowing
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kylaluaz
May 22, 2015 6:50 PM CST
But, no no no, they did NOT go! They are still there and I know because I tipped up the edge of their lair, and checked. Busy bees did not notice me peering in quick! so I set the pot gently down and proceeded to silently do a happy dance.

Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
May 23, 2015 3:59 AM CST
Guess you need to get one of those beekeeper badges!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! The WITWIT Badge Winter Sowing
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kylaluaz
May 23, 2015 7:17 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
May 23, 2015 8:29 AM CST
Cool..... let us know how it progresses

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