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Miner Bees

DO THESE BEES STING?

These bees are very non-aggressive and will not sting unless handled or trapped in clothing.

Miner Bees (aka Digger Bees) are solitary bees that individually rear their young in the soil tunnels they construct.  Males can be seen flying over the site during the day looking for a chance to mate.  Not to worry; males cannot sting. After mating; females dig the burrows into which they place pollen and lay eggs.  Larvae will develop into adult bees and emerge the following spring.    

Miner bees are extremely beneficial to the environment. They are exceptionally good pollinators for a variety of native & ornamental plants and vegetable crops.  Places to view these pollinators in action include near the shuttle carts, in front of the fire station and along the road heading to Capers Inlet (left after the sub tower).