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  1. Which one. I have read every thread and post on this forum and I cannot remember seeing a thread or post where a wool carder has taken over a bee box.

    I am very happy to be proven wrong.

    Is got some guy in a bee costume on the forum.

  2. Are you sure this was not wax moth. I am not convinced that Wool Carders will take over a bee box. I will still keep my purple flowers around and hope the wool carders stay around.

    It was on an earlier post on this forum.

  3. I may be wrong, but I don't see them as a threat. There is not enough of them to do any real damage. They have spines on their abdomen not stingers.


    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?

  4. No. They don't form colonies so I can't see how they can take over a hive. I have never seen them sting, even when I have caught them in my hands.

    They only defend around their flowers they are working on.


    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


  5. I have had them for a few years in Palmerston North. They are cute and are very territorial. Preying Mantis like to eat them. They do not trouble the honey bees, except the ones that come into the Carder's territory.


    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) .

  6. 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. 20141213_094717.jpg.767ec0b2c2a4c5d8a7f5e2b56ac28a27.jpg




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