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Bzzzzz vs. Snip, snip

 Bzzz. Bzzzz. Bzz, Bzzz, Bzzz. BZZZ!

Translation: Get out of our territory, dammit!

So sniped the black carpenter bees as they buzzed back and forth beside me. It was past eleven o’clock. Eating time for the bees. 

“Don’t sting me,” said I, snipping away at the dead daisy and chrysanthemum heads. “I just got a little more to go.”

Bzzzzz. Bzzzzz.

“Go ahead and eat. I’m not bothering you.”

Bzzzz. Bzzzz. Bzzzzz. 

A honey bee landed on a daisy within arms reach. It paid me no mind. I froze while it did its thing. “See,” I said to the carpenter bees. “That’s all you have to do.”

“Drink and be merry” said the honey bee as it flew off.



  1. ...bees haven't been buzzing here, it's been too cold.

    1. I forget that our weather and climate aren’t the same everywhere. I suppose if it were, we would be living on a flat planet. yeah, right.

  2. Glad to hear that the bees are around.

    1. Bzzzzzz. More carpenters than honey ones right now.

  3. When you can talk to the insects, your gardening life must be much easier and more productive! Do carpenter bees sting? One of our grandsons (when he was little) knew which bees he could grab in his fist and let go -- and which he needed to steer completely clear of. Honestly, he kind of freaked me out!

    1. I bet your grandson has good eye-hand coordination skills. When I was a kid, I caught bees in my hands and didn’t get stung.

      According to one expert, the male carpenter has no stinger and the female will only sting if provoked. If several are doing their thing where I want to play, I move on to elsewhere. There’s always another spot in the yard that needs attention.

  4. I think honeybees are not likely to sting unless threatened. I’m not sure about carpenter bees though.

    1. The female carpenter bees have stingers. They’re like the honey bees. Peace until threathened.

  5. No flying critters of any sort up here yet ... a very chilly Spring has obviously kept them all in your neighbourhood. :)


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