The Little Bee Hive

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Haven't been on the attic a few months and this morning I find this. :woot:

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And loads of little dead wild bees below it, it's abandoned and empty by now as it seems. Maybe lucky me, not getting there all these months at the hight of the activity. Seeing its size there must have been 1000nds of them if they would have attacked me I wouldn't know where to go.

I'm trying to find a way to preserve this thing and get it down in one piece as much as possible. Yet don't know how hairspray maybe?? It's awfully fragile and thin..
 

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They're amazingly pretty. Lucky to have had bees. At least they cause no damage. Wasps would have been a different matter.
 

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I've had Hornets a few years back, above the kitchen window in the roller shutter box... They really are nasty blighters... They had dug themselves through the ceiling boarding to get in the kitchen.
 

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Hi all,
And loads of little dead wild bees below it,
I think they must be "wasps", purely because wasps make paper nests and bees use wax. In the UK those scalloped outer nests covers are made by Vespula vulgaris, I'm not sure about mainland Europe, where you will have more different social wasps.

The little bees might be an insect that has "lodged" in the wasp nest, there are a whole range of parasitic/commensal insects that occur in wasp nests.

cheers Darrel
 

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Hi all,

I think they must be "wasps", purely because wasps make paper nests and bees use wax. In the UK those scalloped outer nests covers are made by Vespula vulgaris, I'm not sure about mainland Europe, where you will have more different social wasps.

The little bees might be an insect that has "lodged" in the wasp nest, there are a whole range of parasitic/commensal insects that occur in wasp nests.

cheers Darrel

I was in doubt as well, because I couldn't find any images nor a description of such a style bees nests. But I find loads of small dead bees around the nest and 0 wasps. So I assumed it was some wild bees nest. I must be much longer not entering the attic than I thought... In my memory, it was a few months, but I can't imagine that wasps and bees occupy the same nest in such a short period. :)

Amazing actually, wasps finding my attic to build a nest, go away and then bees find it back to lodge in it...
 

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It’s wasps

Bees make their nests in cracks and crevices from wax, not paper

Be careful, there may still be wasps in there. Not fun in an enclosed space.


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Dug out a photo of the one in our bike shed from a few years back (this was before I sprayed it with wasp powder and ran like hell). The patterning is virtually identical.
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Indeed it is identical in construction... If you ever have one again there is no need to make a run around for Wasp powder.
Wasps are similar to Houseflies and Mosquitos from the order Hymenoptera. Then all you need is a spray can against housefly and mosquito from the supermarket. They do not add wasps to the label nor to the description, but it kills all Hymenoptera.:shh: I guess they don't publically advertise this to prevent people from doing stupid things.

Then fix a tube to the spray nozzle, I once did it with such a nozzle adapter from a gas can to fill lighters. This adapter fits in a 4x6 mm tube and on the can spray nozzle. The Hornets nested above the kitchen window in the roller shutter box. Looked up the entrance they used stuck in the tube sprayed the nest for a few seconds and made a run for it. They all went mad and the box started buzzing so loud it sounded like it wanted to fly away completely. About 30 minutes later all were dead.

Even better if the nest is located at a place you can avoid, then do this and wait for the winter. Most likely by that time, it will be abandoned, but always make sure it is before you try to remove it.
 

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I love wasps and have been watching them enjoy the flowers on my fatsia which has been full of them over the last few days, enjoying their retirement before winter takes them.

If you have a shed or wooden fence you will probably be able to see little lines where they have stripped the wood to make the nest. Wasps can take over bee hives for the honey but I don't think they kill bees for food, unlike hornets which make similar nests.

I regularly find the little overwintering wasp nests in my shed and did have a large nest full of wasps last year in there but luckily it's far enough out of the way to not worry about, so I left them to it.

Be thankful it wasn't a nest of murder hornets.
 

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Read somewhere that the wasp lava can be good for fishing as they are so much bigger than the lava aka maggots which have be used of fishing for some time. Could have a nice sideline there Zozo if the wasps return
 

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Could have a nice sideline there Zozo if the wasps return

Haha, a few decades ago morality took ahold of me after accidentally killing a juvenile Carp that took my bait and i hooked it to late (faulty rig). It swallowed the hook into its stomach and it riped internally... It kinda made me very sad having that baby carp dying in my hands and thought wtf are you actually doing and why? This ain't a sport nor is it fun it's worst than malicious pleasure... Since that day I gave up angling, gave all my stuff away for free and never fished for sport again.

Tho I still would for food, that's different, then it has some purpose and a well-prepared trout or pike or bass can be delicious.

But there is no water near my place worth fishing and to catch a fish for dinner. Then it's still cheaper and easier to buy one.
 

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What about baby wasps dying from your hands? ;)

Wasps: Why are they Important?

Well i didn't do it for the fun of it... ;) And it were freaking big hornets above my kitchen window and they chewed a way through the ceiling into my kitchen. Thus occasionaly i had them flying around indoors... And it was also next to my bathroom that always has an open window for ventilation... One night i had to pee and walked barefoot into my bathroom and a didn't notice a few hornets crawling over the floor and i steped on it before the light was on.

Have you ever been stung by a 2 inch big hornet in the sole of the foot while you need to pee?

I did and then i made a little dance, swearing the hell out of them almost wetting meself... :)

That did it for me,i know they are important but in this case...

Bye Bye no more baby Hornets for me nesting at this specific location terrorizing my house.
 

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I'm trying to find a way to preserve this thing and get it down in one piece as much as possible.
I would try painting/spraying with a 'rotten wood' harder. Its a polymer in acetone/methyl ethyl ketone. Ronseal do one.

We had a wasps nest behind the tumble drier in a garden shed. Sprayed it with commercial carpet moth killer. Wasps fell out of the air. As for stripping wood, they can buy their own garden furniture.

I'm not against nature but there has to be a balance, not many people keep wood worms or death watch beetles for pets or feel sorry for tapeworms.

Very happy for cockchafers in the lawn and the occasional mole and for sparrows and starlings to nest in the roof. We all draw a line somewhere.
 
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