11/11/2009

Betcha don't have one of these!

Yesterday, I found this hanging from the rhododendron bush!









I'd never have thought that the center of a rhodo bloom would be a good place for a beehive! When I enquired as to what to do about it, it was suggested that they are only here temporarily and  will move on soon. I sure hope so, since it's next to the sidewalk footpath.Weird.

10 comments:

Amy said...

oooh scary, last time we had one of those the husband water blasted it away.

~Cheryl said...

Looks like they are just hanging around waiting to become busy bees. Pretty unusual, I think!

Connie said...

Very cool! It does look like a resting swarm, rather than a hive/nest, but that would be a startling sight!

Ann said...

You will soon be marketing your own brand of rhodendron honey.

Did you go to the rhododendron show? I meant to post on the Singapore Rhododendron but never got round it.

Valerie said...

We had a huge Catalpa Tree cut down because the bees were nesting inside for so long they weakened the entire bottom of the tree.
When the guys got about 4 feet from the ground they had to leave the rest of the stump,, because there was too much bee activity.

They disappeared all of last year. Never saw a one - I am not sure if that is normal or not, but this year they were back again. I sat on the porch and counted close to 100 bees a minute going in the stump, at times. I know folks say they are harmless ( if you leave them alone) and that they are threatened, ( so we should leave them alone), but when they are so close to the house and where the kids play, you really have to do something!

So I have been waiting to see a swarm - signaling them leaving - again!

Very neat picture. I liked it.
Really didn't care for the rat though ... Ewwww!

mountain.mama said...

You are right, I don't have one of those!

chrome3d said...

I think Amy has a good advice there. That´s what I would do, as harsh as it may seem.

Deb said...

wow...big bee hive...nice photo...

Juli Ryan said...

Yikes! And I thought the dead rat was scary.

LadyFi said...

Oh my goodness! It's huge.. guess they are migrating somewhere...