Ground Bees can be spotted in Dearborn Park at the beginning of the trail toward from the front Dearborn Park to near the spur that goes toward West Dearborn Circle. As trees and flowers start to bloom, the buzzing sound from bees will begin to be heard. But did you know not all bees live in hive?
Ground bees are solitary bees that dig and nest in the ground. These bees live one per hole, but many holes may be in an area to create ground bee communities.
Ground bees vary in color and range from one-half to three-quarters inch in length. Some types of solitary wasps live like this as well.
The first sign of ground or digger bees in lawns may be strange little mounds of soil with a hole nearby. The bees pile earth around the sides of the hole.
Female ground bees dig nests in the ground up to 6 inches deep to raise young. The female ground bee stocks the nest with pollen and nectar to feed the young bees.
These bees can be very active in March and April and will fly over the area.
Ground bees typically cause little problem. The digging should not be enough to damage the lawn, and the bees are not very aggressive. They probably will not sting, enabling you to work and mow grass around them.
People who are allergic to bee stings may want to be cautious when working around the bees.
We do not recommend chemical controls for ground bees or wasps. These bees can be beneficial, serving to pollinate plants or destroy harmful insects. They will probably only be around for four to six weeks and disappear until next year. Read remaining article by WILLIE CHANCE For The Times Updated: March 24, 2016, 6:22 p.mRead remaining article by WILLIE CHANCE For The Times Updated: March 24, 2016, 6:22 p.m