Thanks for Honey Bees: Do honeybees coexist well with Carpenter bees?

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Thanks for Honey Bees

By Mindy03
November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all the blessings we have received. Did you ever stop to wonder how much of your Thanksgiving dinner is possible because of honey bees?

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 21, 2011 4:31 AM CST
We have a lot of Carpenters around here. They become so accustomed to me working around them outside and they are so docile, I've come to think of them almost as pets. I am wondering if their presence deters honeybees? I certainly hope not.
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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Nov 21, 2011 5:52 AM CST
I did a quick search on the subject and couldn't find anything that indicates they deter the honey bees. The only thing I found so far is that since they tend to rob the flowers by cutting a slit in the sides of the bloom they could prevent the plant from being pollinated because they've took the nectar.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 21, 2011 6:00 AM CST
Interesting, Mindy. I hadn't read about that. I did notice we had more honeybees this year than last, but, of course, all the things I've planted the past two years are beginning to mature, multiplying, and I have a lot more things blooming. I enjoy the Carpenters.

Another question: do raccoons bother or try to rob bee hives? Does anything else bother them?
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Nov 21, 2011 7:27 AM CST
Never mind, I just read that they do (skunks too). That would make a big difference where I could put a hive. Back to the drawing board. Glare
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
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Mindy03
Nov 21, 2011 1:19 PM CST
Yes raccoons do bother the hives but a heavy weight on top of the hive helps deter them.
Hive stands are your defense against the skunks.

If you haven't checked it out yet here's the Honey Bee Pests thread in Beekeeping forum
The thread "Honey bee Pests" in Beekeeping forum
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Nov 21, 2011 1:21 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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