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Author Topic: Bees or not bees, that is the question.  (Read 686 times)
Field Bee
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« on: August 27, 2009, 11:22:50 AM »

Got a call yesterday evening about honeybees in a tree and in a house.  The caller assured me they were honey bees.  rolleyes  I thought it would be a wild goose chase, but went this morning anyway.  Yep, you guess it, it was a wild goose chase.  The bees in the tree are bald-faced hornets, and the house is home to a nice colony of yellow jackets.  Well, it was a good day for a drive through the countryside.
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2009, 11:39:23 AM »

i have them take pictures and email me if i have doubt.

the flip side of your story is one i had earlier this year.  the guy called me and told me that there had been bees flying in and out of his tree for days.  he was sure it was a swarm.  i was sure it was probably a paper-wasp nest.  in this area, swarms don't hang around for days!

i checked, and sure enough, it was a honeybee swarm.  a nice one!

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