Saturday, May 19, 2012

Winter Park External Honey Bee Nest on Tree Branch

'Back in the day', it was very rare to find wild honey bee nests built 'externally', meaning the nest is hanging from a tree limb or some other surface. Most honey bee nests were, and still are, found inside voids, such as tree holes, nesting boxes, structural wall voids and the like.

Winter Park External Honey Bee Nest in Tree
So, several years ago, when we started encountering higher numbers of external nests as you see in the pic above, we knew our day of reckoning had arrived. You see, there are sub-species of honey bees that readily build external nests, and they are not the sub-species we have been farming for hundreds of years here in the U.S. No, these nests are usually built by the African Honey Bee. aka, Killer Bees, Apis mellifera scutellata .

These numbers of nests heralded a new era in feral honey bee management, as these critters can exhibit drastically different behavior than their gentle European bee cousins. For instance, minor disturbances, such as a squirrel running across the tree branch, can cause these bees to fan out over hundreds of feet, looking for the perceived intruders. Once found, these guard bees can sting, leaving their stingers embedded within the victim. The stingers exude alarm pheromone, wafting into the air, providing a target path for up to 50,000 other nest-mates to quickly attack the now hapless victim. Immense pain, unconsciousness and death can be the quick result.

Please, don't attempt a removal of bees, as they can be deadly, even swarms have attacked us since Killer Bees are now here. We've had fatalities occur in Florida because of improper stinging insect removal techniques.

Contact the Stinging Insect Experts at 321-206-5100 or 1-800-343-5317 or submit a bee removal FREE inspection here!

Richard Martyniak, M.Sc., Entomologist (Univ of Fla'04); Registered Beekeeper (FL0010609M)
The Buzzkillers, LLC, Licensed (FL DACS JB144428), Insured & Certified(FL DACS JF136628) for your protection

1 comment:

  1. Holy cow that bee's nest is huge!! Did experts have an estimate of how many bees were living in that thing? Did anyone manage to learn what species of a tree it is, that could be the reason why they nested there.

    -Tony Salmeron
    Charlotte Tree Removal