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What Are Mining Bees?

All About This Stinging Pest

Mining Bees

You know that carpenter bees make their homes in wood. Honey bees make delicious honey. Oftentimes, a bee’s name points to what makes it unique. In that case, what are mining bees? Learn about what makes this stinging pest stand out from the rest.

All About Mining Bees

Appearance: Mining bees are often mistaken for honey bees, but there are a few details that make them stand out from the rest of the bee family. This type of bee has dark wing tips, and the first segment of its abdomen does not have a white band. Females are approximately 1/3″, while males are smaller at 1/5″.

Behavior: Mining bees get their name from the way they “mine” into the ground for shelter. They typically nest in bare, hard soil, oftentimes where there are steep slopes of adobe or hard clay. They have also been seen burrowing between stones. They are solitary bees, meaning they do not nest in a hive setting with the goal of protecting a queen. While they are important pollinators, this type of bee does not produce honey.

Concerns: Mining bees can sting, but they aren’t likely to do so. If they do sting, people say it’s light compared to that of a wasp or honey bee. Like other stinging insects, a mining bee is more likely to sting you if they feel you are a threat.

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