Black bees (mason bees) overwinter as adults, in vacant nest tunnels. In spring, when it begins to warm up, the adults emerge and mate, then the males die and the females begin working on new tunnels or enlarging tunnels from previous years. She will construct brood cells, load them with food, and then lays an egg in each cell. Read More….
One interesting group of native bees are the digger bees or ground-nesting bees. These bees build nests in the ground, solitary nests. They will lay their eggs and raise their young in these soil tunnels. The sites in any given area that are optimal for these nests are limited and sometimes, hundreds of bees will nest in the same spot, this gives it a look like its a colony, but it is not, each bee has its own nest. Read More….
Honey Bees are social insects that live in colonies. The hive population consists of 1 queen, a small number of drones plus thousands of worker bees. The honeybees forage for nectar and pollen from flowering plants. They use the nectar they collect for food for themselves and to feed the young bees of the nest. Read More….
Red Tailed Bumblebee
The female Red Tailed Bumblebee is a large, black bumblebee with a red butt patch. Males are smaller than the females and along with the red tail, have two yellow bands on the thorax and one at the base of the abdomen. Read More….