The bees have been busy and so have we. Gerard Van Duinen of La Tabú (The Hague) graciously let us use his Tango music.
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Posted in Bee Video, Bee-loving flowers, Bumblebees, Butterflies, Crab spider, Macro bee video, Music video, Warre Hive, Wasps, tagged African Blue Basil, Bee Speckled dahlia, Bees in squash blossom, Bees on hypericum, Bees on Walker's Low, Bombus vosnesenskii, California Poppy pollination, crab spider, Gazania, Gerard Van Duinen, German Wasp, Greenworks garden cultivator, Honeycomb, La Tabú, Methley Plums, Mignon dahlia, Nepeta, Phacelia, Pole beans, Red Poppy bee, Salvia Nemarosa, Swallowtail butterfly, Verbascum, Vespula Germanica, Warré Bee hive, Winter lettuce on August 27, 2016| 7 Comments »
Posted in Log hives, Warre Hive, Wasps, tagged Ancistocerus antilope wasp, crab shell in garden, Deer netting, Ground wasps, mud for stings, natural honeycomb, Raised bed, top bars, Vespula_vulgaris, Warre hive, Wasps on berries, Wasps on honeycomb, Winter planting on August 19, 2015| 9 Comments »
Are there more wasps now or is it just me?
Are there more wasps now? We think so. The winter was mild, we didn’t get as much rain as usual, and the wasps had an earlier start.
Posted in Bee to Flower relationship, Bee-loving flowers, Bumblebees, Music video, Videos, Wasps, tagged Bombus vosnesenskii, Pollen covered wasp, Poor Man's Orchid, Schizanthus, Wasp pollinator, Yellow-faced Bumble Bee on July 31, 2013| 2 Comments »
On our morning walk we pass Barbara’s well-maintained flower garden. Today, Barbara called out, “Pat, did you see those white bees?” I had never heard of white bees so we looked carefully. They were certainly white, but I couldn’t get a good fix on them as they were darting in and out of the flowers so fast. After I replayed the videos I could see what they were…wasps and bumblebees covered with white pollen.
Posted in Hives, Log hives, Natural Beekeeping, Videos, Wasps, tagged bamboo, beekeeping, Gardening, Log hive wood carving, Log hives, natural beekeeping, organic gardening, pollinators, Sustainable living, Verticle log hive, Wasps, wasps on bamboo, Wild pollinators, wood carving on November 4, 2012| 2 Comments »
When I decided to place my new Bee Beard Log Hive I considered many things. I wanted it placed where it would get the morning sun shining into the entrance, well beyond the long reach of the tree shadows in winter, and protected from the raging winter winds that blast from the southwest. Also I wanted the hive to be visible if possible, on the edge of the garden, so we could observe the bees whenever we worked outside. The placement of the hive in front of the bamboo satisfied all the requirements. What I didn’t know is that bamboo attracts wasps. When I started seeing all the wasps on the bamboo I started to panic. What are they doing around my log hive? I started recalling the stories at the bee meeting about all the hives that are lost to wasps. How did I know bamboo attracts wasps? Is that common knowledge?
The bamboo was leaning over the log hive…are the wasps going to attack my bees? What to do?
After consulting the internet about bamboo I found out that wasps gather fibers from the bamboo for their paper nests. That’s what they are doing on the bamboo, not attacking the log hive,
Wasps are scary because they can sting again and again, but they also are beneficial because they prey on other pests like spiders, flies, bug, and caterpillers.
We feel that wasps have a place in our garden. We won’t kill them because they really aren’t bothering us or the bees, The ground hive is almost never used the next year and once the cold weather hits, it will be inactive.
I shot a short video showing the wasps on the bamboo as well as the very active ground hive.,,
Chainsaw artist Brian Vorwaller, carving the face on the log here.
When I first saw the insect in this web, I thought it was one of my bees because it’s in the flight path to the Bee Beard Log Hive. I was much relieved when I realized it was a wasp. Over the next few days of checking her web I was able to capture some very close up video of “Fang” wrapping her victims and injecting them with her venom. Here’s a creepy video accompanied by some creepy music provided by my brother, Elliott.
If you hate wasps, you’ll love this video…if you hate spiders, you’ll be happy they are smaller than we are.