BigBill said:They are not termites. I'm thinking ants.
chinwa3 said:Does anyone know what insect is making these ground holes? They return every spring and appear to be bees, so I haven't bothered them to this point, but I want to at least rule out termites. They're clustered under my deck stairs but also scattered throughout the yard. They haven't stung any people or pets, but the swarming every spring is a nuisance.
Edit: I appreciate the suggestion, Bill. I thought ants, too, at first. I haven't caught one but they're pretty slow flying and from what I can tell, they're fuzzy, black, and tawny like bees, though slimmer than normal bumble bees I've seen before. I've just never known bees that come out of the ground.
valleylynn said:Most of these little guys don't sting and are not destructive. We have several kinds here that are great companions in the garden.