Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bees flying around plants in your yard?

Every Spring and summer, we get many people calling our lines, scared that they have killer bees because they are seeing thousands of bees, wasps, flies and other insects flying in and around their plants, visiting flowers and not exhibiting any coordinated group activity. We are not referring to 'honey bee swarms' which are different, and can be viewed here.

Honey Bee foraging on Flower

Normally when this happens the plants around your yard or garden are flowering. This is called "foraging". No fear here, the bees are not trying to find a new nest, and are not harmful so don't worry. If they are flying into your house then there may be a problem.

Think of it, many bees, wasps, flies and other insects are attracted to the nectar that flowers exude. In exchange for this high sugar flight fuel, the insect will inadvertently transfer some pollen between flowers, therefore helping to pollinate these plants. What could be more natural?

Though you may be intimidated by all the activity, my suggestion is to observe nature's splendor. The plant-insect relationship has taken millions of years to evolve, and it makes the world go round in one sense. In most cases the bees and wasps don't even notice that you are nearby. Once the flowers have finished providing the nectar, the activity will cease. And you've done your part in assisting nature.

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