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Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by Hovannes » Mon May 18, 2020 10:42 pm

I planted three Desert Museum Palo Verdes to shade the west side of our house. RIght now they are profuse with yellow blossoms and bumble bees and these trees grow very fast so I often have to prune them back so the new growth doesn't obstruct the sidewalk. This puts me in direct conflict with those bumble bees(these guys are HUGE)
I've been doing this for four years now and have never been stung----not once. The bees sometimes get right in my face of course, but they don't sting me. It's like they are grateful I planted the trees for them and while they express a dislike for me in their immediate proximity, they also understand me needing to prune the trees back.

But of course, that couldn't be possible, could it?
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by CodeMonkey » Tue May 19, 2020 3:47 am

You might check with a bumble bee whisperer.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by coco » Tue May 19, 2020 5:33 am

CodeMonkey wrote:
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You might check with a bumble bee whisperer.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by hugodrax » Tue May 19, 2020 6:56 am

Don’t bees communicate by fairly complex rump shaking?
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by sweetandsour » Tue May 19, 2020 6:57 am

coco wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 5:33 am
CodeMonkey wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 3:47 am
You might check with a bumble bee whisperer.
Hovs is the bumblebee whisperer.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by Goose55 » Tue May 19, 2020 7:27 am

I have a Desert Museum Palo Verde I planted back in 2005, for eastern shade. You are right about them being very fast growing. Mostly honey bees here w/ an occasional bumble bee.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by Hovannes » Tue May 19, 2020 8:05 am

Goose55 wrote:
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I have a Desert Museum Palo Verde I planted back in 2005, for eastern shade. You are right about them being very fast growing. Mostly honey bees here w/ an occasional bumble bee.
They are beautiful trees! Passers by often comment on them.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by FredS » Tue May 19, 2020 11:00 am

Bumble bees are the a-holes of bees. There's a reason God made them nest in the ground like snakes.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by durangopipe » Tue May 19, 2020 11:11 am

hugodrax wrote:
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Don’t bees communicate by fairly complex rump shaking?
Yes, I believe they do.
So does Miley Cyrus.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by hugodrax » Tue May 19, 2020 11:51 am

durangopipe wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 11:11 am
hugodrax wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 6:56 am
Don’t bees communicate by fairly complex rump shaking?
Yes, I believe they do.
So does Miley Cyrus.
Her sting is rather deadlier, I believe.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by Adam Z » Tue May 19, 2020 5:29 pm

They are once they’re dead 8)

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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by Stanley76 » Tue May 19, 2020 6:38 pm

Are wood borer bees the same as bumble bees? I don't think so. I've tried to shoot the borers with a pellet gun. I have yet to bring one down but when I do it will be a day of glory.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by Del » Tue May 19, 2020 6:56 pm

I've never heard of anyone being stung by a bumblebee, even though they have stingers.

They are docile and grateful, as far as I know.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by FredS » Tue May 19, 2020 8:24 pm

Del wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 6:56 pm
I've never heard of anyone being stung by a bumblebee, even though they have stingers.

They are docile and grateful, as far as I know.
Try running over a bumble bee nest in a hayfield. They're faster than a tractor, I can tell you that.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by coco » Tue May 19, 2020 8:33 pm

Adam Z wrote:
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They are once they’re dead 8)

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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by coco » Tue May 19, 2020 8:38 pm

Stanley76 wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 6:38 pm
Are wood borer bees the same as bumble bees? I don't think so. I've tried to shoot the borers with a pellet gun. I have yet to bring one down but when I do it will be a day of glory.
No, but they look very similar. Wood borer bees, also called carpenter bees, have a solid black abdomen while the bumble bee's abdomen is yellow and black. Wood borer bees are very docile and will only sting if they have no other choice. Bumblebees, on the other hand, are crazed lunatics wholly devoted to inflicting suffering on all humanity.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by Del » Tue May 19, 2020 8:57 pm

FredS wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 8:24 pm
Del wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 6:56 pm
I've never heard of anyone being stung by a bumblebee, even though they have stingers.

They are docile and grateful, as far as I know.
Try running over a bumble bee nest in a hayfield. They're faster than a tractor, I can tell you that.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by SlowToke » Tue May 19, 2020 9:14 pm

Probably looks like you're trying to kill the trees to the bees.

The bumblebees around here are pretty docile unless you accidentally stumble upon their nest then they get very aggressive to defend the queen. They tend to nest in large rotten logs around here. Now ground hornets, that's a whole nother story. Them buggers is evil. Step on their nest and you'll get a pant leg full of em and then some.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by Sir Moose » Wed May 20, 2020 1:23 am

The bumblebees around here are really chill. The a-holes are the yellow jackets. Whatever you do, do NOT run over a yellow jacket ground nest with a lawn mower. The yellow jackets are even more aggressive than the wasps.
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Re: Are bumble bees grateful?

Post by fezzik092 » Wed May 20, 2020 8:43 am

Sir Moose wrote:
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The bumblebees around here are really chill. The a-holes are the yellow jackets. Whatever you do, do NOT run over a yellow jacket ground nest with a lawn mower. The yellow jackets are even more aggressive than the wasps.
I one time frightened them with a chainsaw. The sight of the ground moving as they swarmed up to get me looked like something out of a horror movie.
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