Unwanted Visitors

It must be the year of the bees and I’m not talking honeybees!

This black hornet nest was built on the end of our satelite dish arm! I took four nights of heavy spraying to get rid of them.
This new nest was about 20 yards from the satellite bees in a maple tree and they are very strong. They are out of the path we use so we won’t bother them.

This angus heifer walks by them to get water but the cattle know its there and travel 10-20 feet away from the stinging bees.
About 15 feet out from and about seven feet higher in the tree this third hive and it is another black hornet nest!
It appears to be broken up or torn but the bees are adding to their nests and probably filling it with baby hornets.

This year we are covered up with small and large bumblebees, sand hornets, black hornets and now the yellow jackets are showing up in full force. The sand hornets are trying to peel the bark off of my three year old lilac bush and I’m afraid they’re going to kill it. Along with the yellow jackets, the sand hornets are chasing our hummingbirds away from their feeders. We tried to pick a few peaches this morning and all the bees were after the fruit. Sand hornets will eat big holes in the fruit and the other bees takeover the rest of the ruined fruit!

We had 43* yesterday morning and 47* this morning and I sure hope the bees leave soon so we can work and enjoy these cool days that have barely made it to the mid 70’s.

I almost forgot these little beauties! Our hive died again this spring and in May a wild swarm came to live in the hive and over the hot weeks we had they more than tripled their numbers. This picture was taken in late afternoon when it was too hot to be in the hive and they laid out fanning each other and cooling off before going back into the have shortly after sunset. We got seven frames of honey from them and it’ll be wonderful to have our own honey for meals and homemade bread this winter.
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