Ground Bees

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Excerpt from Dr. Steve Frank ground bees article

This time of year many people notice small dirt mounds in their yards or in parks or ball fields created by small bees. In many cases, these are mistaken for ant hills or the mounds made by big wasps like cicada killers. In fact, they are made by solitary bees in the family Andrenidae.

These are among our earliest native pollinators to emerge so they can take advantage of early blooming flowers like maples and redbuds. Agents may get many calls from worried or frustrated homeowners who are concerned about their safety or the condition of their lawn. Homeowners should not be worried because these bees are not aggressive and in a couple of weeks they are gone.

They only live in places with bare patches of dirt so if you are lucky enough to have some in your yard it is probably because you take a more casual and sustainable approach to lawn maintenance and go easy on the fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides. These bees are a great teaching opportunity. You can read more about them in this post from a couple of years ago. You can find more information on native pollinators on our native pollinator pages.