Ground black bees

Asked June 2, 2020, 3:17 PM EDT

What are these bees doing in the photo? Eating? And can you tell what type of bees they are from this photo? Thanks, nancy

Carroll County Maryland

3 Responses

Hello Nancy,

These are bumble bees in a nest; their nests tend to be small and hidden in the ground, though perhaps something brushed aside the dead grass that typically covers the nest. They are tending to their brood in the cells.
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/bumble-bees

Miri

That 'something' was my husband......should I attempt to put the grass back? I realized how little I knew about bees when I tried to ID these guys online. Thanks so much!
nancy

You're welcome.
It probably wouldn't hurt to gently put some grass back, at least lightly. The bees may be able to cover the nest back up themselves, but we cannot say for sure.

Miri