swarming bees

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swarming bees

Post by GaryBanas » Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:46 am

I live west of Leesburg, Va. in a rural setting.
I recently noticed that I have huge numbers of a type of bee(definitely a Hymenoptera) black body, whitish face and white bulls-eye butt that are swarming a Pussy Willow bush I have in my front yard.
Bush is very healthy, 6 to 7' tall and vigorous. Cannot find any nest of sorts in or around bush but these bees are aggressive and WILL zap you if agitated(don't ask how I know).
My questions are: is this peculiar to a Pussy Willow?, bee mating ? Would rather not kill the bees but if I continue to get stung for just walking by, those bees will be nuked!

Any help?

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Re: swarming bees

Post by lorijones » Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:48 pm

Are you sure they are not the bald faced hornet? They will have a paper type nest. Maybe they are just beginning to build it. You can spray at night with Sevin to eliminate them.

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