Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bad Bees, Good Bees

These little devils caused me to use a pesticide in my yard for the first time in a couple of years. When I saw these I thought the whole colony was outside. A can and a 1/2 of wasp spray and 100-150 wasps later and they were taken care of except for the one's that were out foraging. I had to shoot quite a few of them inside my garage in the window.

I've been trying to get a picture of this guy all summer and finally got one though it isn't that good.


  1. Is that what I think it is? A Carpenter Bee? I had another one all over the tomato plants this year. It's probably the reason why I have the great production that I do at this point.

  2. Oh yeah -- and I feel your pain about wasps -- although in that picture? Those look more like yellow jackets than hornets (which is what I have) and yellow jackets are not to be trifled with. The worst problem was several years ago when I discovered a hornets nest at the highest eave of my house -- some 30 feet up. I had to climb a ladder and spray -- and stand there while they fell on me and on either side. It was the only way to completely clean out the nest.

  3. They were a wasp. The had longer bodies than yellow jackets. The bee is a Carpenter Bee. I have 2 that visit the yard every day but are extremely camera shy.