Now that my mason bees have died (naturally) and the larva are developing in their cocoons, I’ve had a chance to observe other bees around my house. Usually, it’s bumblebees and yellow jackets. Both are beneficial pollinators, but I really dislike the yellow jackets. They can attack honey bees, plus I’m allergic to their sting. Yeah, I’m allergic to the honey bee sting, too, but there’s just something about yellow jackets that I hate, making me very prejudice against those menacing yellow & black nuisance.
I was walking from my car to the front steps and noticed quite a few honey bees on my lavender blooms. There were around a dozen bees, which is the most I’ve seen near my house. I stood there, with my neighbor, watching them for several minutes. So, now I’m wondering, does somebody have a hive close by? I’m thrilled to see this many after years of seeing none!