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bees in compost

Posted by gumbee NY (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 7, 10 at 13:36

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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RE: bees in compost=doubting tomasniks

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

RE: bees in compost

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

RE: bees in compost

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.

RE: bees in compost

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.

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