Subject: Bee / Wasp / Fly?
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
August 18, 2015 6:17 am
Hi – found this honeycomb with bee-like creatures on a plant in my garden, and previously I was swarmed near that plant and they felt like flies (no sting). Now on closer examination, they look like bees, but a very distinctive colour set? Are these bees? I haven’t seem similar on photos on google?
Signature: Desert Roamer
Dear Desert Roamer,
This is a wild Honey Bee hive as opposed to a domestic hive kept by a bee keeper. Honey Bees are capable of stinging, but they are not aggressive. Should you decide to eliminate them, you should find a local bee keeper who will remove the hive, preserving it in captivity to help pollinate orchards.
In that case I will leave them if they are not aggressive, as they seem quite happy at the plant there 🙂