bees in compost

gumbeeFebruary 7, 2010

i started a compost bin in my yard last year filled mostly with leaves. upon trying to turn the leaves i found a swarm of some type of honey bees. i stopped messing with them and enjoyed having them in my garden all summer. my question is will they be back next summer. i want the bees more than the compost but i also want the compost. will they move on some day or will they keep coming back to the compost bin if i don't disturb them. thankyou

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usmc_recon

Pictures?

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 12:26PM
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radioron

Gee, I thought I saw a good picture in the written description. Please and thank you for the vision of bees lazing in the compost on a sunny afternoon. latersquared

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 9:04PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I can't see it myself honey bees in a compost pile....do yo?

    Bookmark   February 14, 2010 at 11:09PM
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gordhutchings

The bees were almost for sure a species of Bombus, bumble bees. They love this environment if the composting, decay isn't getting too hot. Infact, they prefer it cool.
If it wasn't Bombus, and not a bee, then look at a species of ground-nesting Vespids such as Vespula vulgaris, a species of Yellow Jackets.
Either way, they will not return next year but if another queen chooses that spot, then that's just a fluke, or luck.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2010 at 2:58PM
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ottawan_z5a

I had the same situation. I had a composte pile with fig pots on the top of the pile (because of space limitation) and pots by its side. The bees were coming in and going out through one side of the pile in one location almost like clock work, one or two every two or three seconds.
I had problem getting to a ripe fig because as soon as they notice my presence (somehow) many will come out and buzz around me to make me leave.
Iy is -30C now and I am not sure if they will be there next summer.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 7:24PM
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