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Author Topic: Explain this... carpenter bee mass suicide  (Read 1118 times)
New Bee
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Location: Nashville, TN

« on: July 08, 2010, 11:02:35 PM »

I have a wooden porch swing that some carpenter bees have been living in for a while. They never bothered us once. Recently we found about a dozen of them lying (mostly on their backs) dead under the swing. We have absolutely no idea what happened and I can't find anything regarding it online. Could you help explain this weird phenomenon of a mini bee-jonestown massacre.
Galactic Bee
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2010, 11:11:02 PM »

I don't know where you're located (profile update would help *hint*) but that happens here quite a bit. I've seen them fighting at certain times...maybe it was an all-out war?


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House Bee
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Location: Oakland California

« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2010, 11:42:02 PM »

Neighbors with insecticide?

Short life spans?
House Bee
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2010, 08:19:31 AM »

normal life span.  at some point they start dropping like flies.   unless they happen upon my b***h hive where they are
quickly dispatched by the girls.   grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2010, 02:44:54 PM »

Maybe the swing is made from treaded wood? 
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