Bees - Pests or Pals?

| 6/7/2012 5:28:36 PM

bee pile 

We are at our "urban homestead", here at my parents' home in the Big City.  So here is what my youngest son found on my dad's lawn the other night.  It is a swarm of bees, seemingly nesting on the ground.  There were actually two "nests" going, but overnight they combined into one "nest".

I googled bees and found that there is indeed a species that nests on the ground.  I don't think these were that kind, however, because when I dug up the "nest", they were only on the surface.  The neighbors were being tormented by bees on the streetlight in front of their house, so they called the exterminator.  We believe that these are the bees that came out of that light post.

Of course, my son and I, being bee advocates, want to relocate them.  Dad just wants to get rid of them.  We agreed to see what would happen the next day, when it warmed up.  Dad was convinced they would leave on their own.  They didn't.  So now I guess it's my turn.  My plan is to dig up the whole nest at night when they are "asleep" and put it in a bucket with a lid, take it to a more remote location and turn them loose to find a new home for themselves.

bee bucket 

The following day...

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