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Offline Chuck White

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Yellow Jackets
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:06:57 PM »
For the last 3-4 days, thousands of yellow jackets have been working the 2 spruce trees that I planted in the front yard back in 1981.

Sitting on the front porch the bees can be heard without really trying to hear them.

Just wondering, are they getting pollen off the trees, or something else?

I've never seen so many bees in one place, they range from the ground to the tops!

We even hung a "Yellow Jacket Trap" on one of the limbs, so far, no bees in it!

Anyone got some more info on this topic!
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Re: Yellow Jackets
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2014, 08:58:05 PM »
never heard of it, but sorry for you, they are looking for nesting I would guess. Might even believe the nest is close, and has been for years,
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Re: Yellow Jackets
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2014, 09:31:22 PM »
They are certainly not nesting, as yellow jackets are cavity / ground nesters.  I've seen them in-between the walls in buildings, but usually close to the ground.  They must have found some sugary sap or something to be that concentrated out of their hive.  The other possibility is that they have swarmed from their original home.  I do not know if yellow jackets share this behavior with our imported honey bee cousins.
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Re: Yellow Jackets
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2014, 08:20:06 AM »
From the start, I figured that the YJ's were working the pollen on the tree branches, mainly because they are not concentrated in just one area of the tree, they are from ground level to the very top, about 35-40 feet!

The house is only 6-8 feet from the branches of the tree and I haven't seen one of the bees on the house!
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Re: Yellow Jackets
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2014, 07:22:45 AM »
The bees (all but just a few) have left.

Near as I can figure, they were working the pollen on the Spruces!

Feel a little better about having small kids over now!
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Re: Yellow Jackets
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2014, 12:10:50 PM »
Glad to hear they left the area. I'm allergic.  >:(
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Re: Yellow Jackets
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2014, 10:28:01 PM »
Glad to hear they left the area. I'm allergic.  >:(
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Re: Yellow Jackets
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2014, 10:33:06 PM »
X 3 , the epi-pen sits in the cab of each machine for a reason.  We actually keep bees on the farm and they don't bother me at all, but the YJ's and the danged wasps make me swell like a balloon. 
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