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Why would bees be digging in the dirt?

We have lots of potted plants. There are bees, literally digging a hole in the dirt of one of our potted plants. Like at least 8 of them. Why would they do that?

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jollymommy

Asked by jollymommy at 6:10 PM on Aug. 15, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • build a hive...Wasps build hives in the mud...creepy little bastards.
    calliesmommie

    Answer by calliesmommie at 6:11 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • By the way, if there are that many in one place, then there is/will be a hive and I would move the plant.
    calliesmommie

    Answer by calliesmommie at 6:11 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • some bees build hives in the ground so that is most likely what they are doing.
    laura970

    Answer by laura970 at 6:11 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • They're called ground bees & they don't sting. I used to love them in the sprint time because they would aerate my lawn for me....LOL! (unless they are wasps, some wasps will dig in the dirt to lay eggs or find buggs)

    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 6:12 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • Some bees do burrow in the ground and build hives. They do sting. The best way to get rid of them that we've found is to pour gasoline into the hole and light it - at night, when they're dormant.
    aliceinalgonac

    Answer by aliceinalgonac at 6:14 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • Mining bees, or digger bees, (familys Andrenidae & Anthophoridae) nest in burrows in the ground. Unlike the honey bee, mining bees are “solitary” bees. They do not form long-lived colonies, nor do they live inside a single, well-defended nest controlled by one queen bee. Instead, each mining bee female usually digs her own individual burrow to rear her own young. Large numbers of these bees may nest near one another if soil conditions are suitable.
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 6:15 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 6:17 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 6:18 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • If that is the bee, then you shouldn't worry. They are harmless, but if you don't want them in your potted plants, just sprinkle a little 7-dust on the soil & they should go away.
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 6:19 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • They're inground bees. Not all bees build nests up on buildings and what-not. There are bees that build their home in the ground.
    JazzlikeMraz

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 6:33 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

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