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Mulvane, Ks
May 28, 2018 4:55 PM CST
Today, I saw a black-colored bee, burrowing into the dirt, at the base of my pumpkin plants. It is NOT a Squash Vine Borer (I know what these look like). This looks very much like a black-colored bee... Any thoughts?
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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May 28, 2018 5:13 PM CST
It sounds like a type of ground bee/digger bee ... many kinds of bees dig their burrows and nest in the soil. When googling, I found this page of Kansas bees, ants, wasps, etc. If you scroll through the photos you may be able to identify the bee you've been seeing in your garden.

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May 28, 2018 5:26 PM CST
To me, it sounds like a type of mining bees. We had them a year ago. I don't believe that any mining bees sting and are typically non-aggressive. They can even be helpful by aerating the soil and aiding in pollination. Hope this helps

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