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Fibo86

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  1. I killed 3 today. .... 1 male and 2 females, not 2 mins later 1 male 1 female came along.
  2. Is got some guy in a bee costume on the forum.
  3. It was on an earlier post on this forum.
  4. Here is a few photos of the wool carder bee for you all
  5. Yeah that's true. .....I don't like it. Thanks for your input.
  6. Yes they do have spines. You can see them on the 2nd, 4th and 5th photo quite clearly. I'm just concerned that if you have native bees then this could possibly be an issue. The female will take a space and fill it full of plant fiber to make a nest,also known to use post boxes and another post I saw a be keeper had complained that one of his hives was full of this cotton wool looking fiber. May be a cute option for the garden now but for how long until they get established? Then once they do what happens to every other bee species?
  7. I saw one sting a bumble bee today defending its patch. That's the reason for my thread. That and this tiny bit of info i got from this website. Honey Bee Pests and Diseases - Save the honeybee - Waikato Domestic Beekeepers Association - Waikato Beekeepers
  8. Don't you find it distressing? I have seen the population of bumble and honey bees in this patch of garden go from extremely busy to far and few between. They also over take existing hives (apparently) .
  9. Wow. ..... where are you? I'm hoping that it doesn't come to Australia. It's the most aggressive thong I've seen that's not a wasp.
  10. Been in NZ for years but have you an it where you are?
  11. I haven't been to Masterton in 2yrs and in this time my sister in laws garden had lost most of its bee population. I was curious as to the reason why (as I love taking photos of bees). When I went out to check out the bees favorite patch of garden there was this little thing acting like a bee but stinging any other bee that came to this patch. Looked up what this animal was and found out it was and found it to be wool carder bee. There is a little information on the NZ bee organisation website but not much. Please be aware it is aggressive and shouldn't be allowed to establish.
  12. Fibo86

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    Here in Masterton I found the wool carder bee. These things defend their territory aggressively. It's a male and I saw it attacking bumble bees.
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