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Re: ground bees

Here's a link. Sounds like your train garden is prime real estate.
"Though both Solitary Bees and Wasps build their nest individually you still often find lots of the soil nesting species nesting together in a small area. This is because they are often very fussy about where they build their nests and if there is only a small area available that is suitable for nesting in, in any one neighbourhood, then everyone will want to nest there. Hence you often get loads of Solitary Bees and or Wasps nesting side by side in one place. The largest recorded aggregation is 423,000 female bees in an area of 1300 m2. Aggregations can continue of over 20 years or can become extinct. 15% of bee genera and sub-genera contain cleptoparasitic species. "

these folks are looking for bees to sell

Maybe someone in your area would be willing to trap & salvage them
Judy B z 6 Idaho, it's 80F at noon. I'm so glad the predictions were wrong. Beautiful day, light breeze, sunny

----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: "gardenchat list" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 10:59 AM
Subject: [CHAT] ground bees

While weeding (ok read pulling out the cover of weeds) the railroad
garden I have found it is infested with ground bees. I have hundreds of
them everywhere there. They are not aggressive, as no one got bit. But
they are all in a tither trying to dig in the dirt again.

What the heck are they? They sure look like a bees. How do I control
them? There are way too many to allow them to just stay. And if I do
succeed in stopping them, I am afraid they will just go elsewhere in the
yard. I need kill off some at least. Ideas?


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