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Bee flying around patio umbrella

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Nov 24, 2013
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Bee flying around patio umbrella

A few weeks ago I noticed there is a black bee flying near the fence between my backyard and my neighbours. I saw it hovering there but didn't bother with it too much as it stayed near the fence. I recently bought a yellow patio umbrella and now it's always hovering around it. Does anyone know what is causing this? Is it the colour? How I can get it to fly somewhere else?
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Deal Expert
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Oct 6, 2010
15508 posts
? Maybe it thinks you have a wonderful sunflower.
DYI difficulty scale:
10-no joke
Deal Addict
Jun 26, 2019
2007 posts
Maybe it just wants to have a relationship with you:


Yes, there is a movie about this.....

Anyways, its a single bee, if you're really that concerned plant some flowers elsewhere, or maybe a trail of flowers, or capture it, drive 10 hours north, and release it to its new home.
Deal Guru
Oct 6, 2007
10110 posts
It's a bee. It's not going to hurt you if you just leave it alone. I literally have tens of thousands on our property right now in lilacs, caragana, flowering crab, cotoneaster, and our orchard. In some areas the buzzing is so loud that it would mask traffic noises if we had them. They never sting anyone.
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Oct 14, 2012
837 posts
Is it very large and kind of round shaped? Does it hover near eye level when you are outside? Does it have a shiny black tail end, not fuzzy?
You may want to look at photos of Carpenter Bees. The males hover and defend a territory waiting for a female to come along. (Males can't sting, by the way.)
The females dig a perfectly round hole on the underside of wood, like the top rail of a fence, and then when she's inside the wood she turn sideways and tunnels several inches along inside the wood. She then lays an egg and comes back out.
more info here https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef611
They don't bore into vertical fence boards; they need horizontal ones.

Our problem with our untreated unpainted cedar arbour wasn't the bee holes. It was during the winter, the woodpeckers came and ripped big jagged holes in the wood to get at the baby bee larvae inside the wood. The holes they made were so big that the structure became unsafe and had to be taken down.

We would see a couple of Carpenter Bees in May and then quite a few more later in the summer. There is also a rather huge fly, called a Tiger Bee Fly, that would sit on the fence waiting. They are a natural predator of the Carpenter Bee, so don't squash them if you see them sitting on your fence! https://georgiawildlife.com/out-my-back ... er-bee-fly
Deal Fanatic
Feb 4, 2010
6701 posts
It's normal - they're just doing what bees are meant to do. I have carpenter bees hovering and buzzing around my wooden patio every single day for the last couple of weeks ....it's annoying but please don't kill/poison them.
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Apr 24, 2007
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Try talking to it. Be reasonable, and if that doesn't work make it an offer it can't refuse.