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Do the Mining Bees Sting
Miner bees are also referred to as digger bees. Their scientific name is ‘Andrena,’ and there are more than 1,300 species of them across the world. They are black and yellow in color and dig burrows in the ground. They are solitary bees and do not swarm. Mining bees live individually and the female rear their young in the burrows they dig. If your garden soil is moist and suitable for their living, you may find several bees nesting in the same area.
Do Mining Bees Sting?
Yes, they do sting but only in defense. You may walk around carefree in your garden where there are miner bees but avoid stomping around in their presence. They are not aggressive and use their sting only when they are guarding their eggs or probably caught between the clothes and cannot find their way out. Their stingers are very small and normally don’t penetrate the human skin. You hardly feel anything when they sting.
What You Should Know About Mining Bees?
· You may see several miner bees hovering together in a place, but they are solitary. They don’t have any queen – each bee for itself. However, they do live in the same place and share the food around their nests. They take care of their own young.
· They dig nests and each nest has a main tunnel-like entrance which may branch out further into a few branches. Each branch contains an egg. The tunnel can be anywhere between 20 cm and 40 cm deep.
· You shouldn’t be worried about your garden soil being spoilt. Because all they do is aerate the soil where they are nesting.
· Miner bees also help with pollination of your garden.
· They are usually seen around the advent of spring. They normally stay for a 6-8 weeks in a year and then they disappear for the next whole year. They hibernate for the winters and will be seen during the same time of the next year.
Lifecycle of a Mining Bee
· Mining bees are harmless and they are not bothered with what is happening in their surroundings. They just mate, nest, lay eggs and take care of their eggs. Each female miner bee usually lays about 5 eggs. They provide nectar and pollen for the larvae to feed.
· They are active during the spring season for about 6-8 weeks after which they go into hibernation.
· If they return to the same place for the next spring to find their nests undisturbed, then they re-occupy them.
How to Deal with Mining Bees?
Some people will use pesticides to kill them. Mining bees are not violent or dangerous, so why kill them? You can mow your lawn without any fear. Not only will the pesticides kill them, but they will also rid your garden of earthworms that are good for your soil. Children running around the garden could step over the area where you sprayed pesticide, which could be harmful.
In short, let the mining bees be, they are beautiful insects that tell you spring is here!
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