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talk about tenacious bees!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MikeKle, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    I was mowing earlier in a yard that I know has a ground nest but i forgot the exact spot so I accidentally ran over it again and got attacked and stung in 12 different spots! When I realized I ran over the nest I let go of the mower and ran away swinging my arms, there was 2 bees that kept with me flying around my head,but I kept swatting at them, I had to go to the truck ( about 20 yards away from the nest!!!) and got in, those 2 bees were flying around the door waiting for me to get out!!!! I tried to get out once but had to get back in, finally after about 15 minutes they were gone and I could get back to mowing!!! I have never seen such tenacious bees, usually they quit chasing after you leave the immediate area? Im sure it was a funny sight for anyone watching me!! I am so sick of getting stung, I cant remember a year as bad as this one for ground bees!?

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,002

    Ha ha! Bumble Bees I bet! They are tenacious!!! I've had them do the very same thing. Fought 1 one for a half mile what had to be 1/2 hour, to making it to my truck with joker bumping the window wanting to in, or get me out. He just wanted me! He won! I stayed in the truck!
  3. AmGreen

    AmGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    can't be a 'ground bee' they're harmless(normally). are they yellow jackets? i'd remember that spot and make a trip out there in the middle of the night (letting your customer know of course) - get the spray from lowes and spray that hole in the ground. don't bill the customer for it...you'll be breaking the law - haha
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  4. Bob_n_weave

    Bob_n_weave LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 375

    I've had a few close calls with the Bee's around those damn Rose of Sharon Bushes. They are always covered with Bee's ,Wasp, Yellow Jackets. I keep my distance but sometimes still get chased.
  5. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,421

    got a swarm (yellow jackets) after me last wk., manage to get away with only one sting. did feel that sting though for over 2 days though, strong bite i could remember.

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,002

    Bumble bees are stout-bodied, robust shaped insects with black or gray hairs variously tinged with yellow, orange or red. Adults have three submarginal (closed) cells in the front wings and the hind wings lack a jugal lobe. Also, there are spurs at tips of the hind tibiae and the abdomen is usually hairy. There are three castes, ranging in size from 1/3 to 1-3/8 inches long, consisting of large overwintering queens, smaller males and much smaller workers (undeveloped females). Both the queens and workers can inflict a painful sting. Only new queens, produced and mated in the fall, overwinter in loose bark, hollow trees or other dry protected places. They come out of hibernation in May, usually nest in old nests of field mice, holes in the ground, old stumps, abandoned mattresses, old bales of straw or hay in barns, cornhusks in corncribs, along foundations, etc. Colonies are annual, lasting only one summer. There are usually less than 200 individuals in a colony and nests are generally found in open grasslands. The queen establishes the nest site by lining an existing cavity with dry grass or moss. She collects a mass of pollen and moistens this with nectar to produce a stored food called "bee bread." The first brood of spring numbers 5 to 20, all workers, who enlarge the nest, gather food and feed the larvae. The queen continues to lay eggs throughout the summer and by late summer, reproductive males and females are produced. These mate during flight and fertilized females move to overwintering sites. Remaining males and workers in the colony die with frost or the first hard freeze. Nests can be detected by the presence of many males flying about the entrance. Stinging workers, sometimes called "dive bombers," can respond quickly when their territory is invaded. Easily irritated, workers will aggressively pursue an intruder attempting to escape. Bumble bees are extremely important pollinators of certain kinds of clover such as red clover due to their long tongues. Favored flowers are sunflowers, thistles, nettles, roses, partridge peas and certain clovers.


  7. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,831

    Whoever gave you that information misinformed you my friend, black and yellow bumble bees nest in the ground and will tear your head off. There are 250 species of bees and most do nest in the ground.


    Life of the Colony
    The bumble-bee nest consists of a spherical chamber with a single exit. The queen chooses a preexisting cavity, such as an abandoned mouse nest, in which to begin her family. Most species nest in the ground.

  8. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,421

    bumble bees nest in the ground, (ran over them earlier this yr:)), think there is something that resembles them, reading cicada or something if i remeber right.
  9. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,831

    You are thinking about the "Cicada Killer Wasp," which are very large and dangerous looking, and do nest in the ground. The good thing is they are not aggressive towards people.

  10. Alpha Property

    Alpha Property LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 409

    i havnt been stung yet, but we keep sucking them up with the baggers and then have swarms in the back of the truck and trying to attack the mowers when there back on the trailer

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