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Guard dog? How bout a guard bumble bee! True story

Updated on April 13, 2011

You don't need a guard dog, just a bumble bee! Do you see it yet?

Who would've thought a bumble bee would try to protect you? Strange, oh yes!
Who would've thought a bumble bee would try to protect you? Strange, oh yes!

Who needs a guard dog? Not me.

I know what you're thinking...a bumble bee? Give me a break!

This is true and maybe corney, but real none the less. I still can't believe it myself.

My son Michael and I recently purchased a new home and moved in. The very first day we noticed what we perceived to be, a very persistent little irritating bumble bee that would not leave.

Once we got settled into our new place, we still noticed this persistent little bee. What in the world would make a bumble bee act this way? To this day I do not know. But we have definitely inherited a bumble bee.

As we come and go every day, he or she is buzzing up and down our front porch. He will buzz over to our car when we pull in the drive, and then quickly buzz over to greet us as we walk up our front steps. At times, we find ourselves just going out to sit on the porch and watch him. He will come right up to you, turn to one side, and then the other, as if to say "these are my people, and everyone better stay away". What in the world? I am amazed every day at this little bumble bee.

As I sat watching him yesturday, drinking my morning coffee, he would come right up to me. As if to say: "Look at me, arent I beautiful!" Wow, I'm still just blown away. You just let a wasp or another bumble bee think he can get close to me. Ha! He sure shows them, he will buzz circles around them and chase them away, every time. I also never realized that it seems a bumble bee flies a lot like a hummingbird. The bee will come up close to me, and hover in one place, turn to one side and look at me. Then turn to the other side and look. I almost wish I could know what's going on in that little brain of hers. So, at this point I'm thinking, I've got to do some research on this. This is just totally amazing me.


Do you see him/her yet? A bumble bee....Geeez!

There it is! The friendliest bumble bee I've ever seen.
There it is! The friendliest bumble bee I've ever seen.

Huummmm.....after the research I find my feelings hurt.


Ok, so I'm alittle upset. From what I've read, this is a queen bumble bee, and she is protecting her nest not us. But, what do they know anyway? I still think she likes us and sure she is keeping an eye on us, while she protects her babies. Now, that sounds much better.

This is "AWESOME"

I also thought this was a cute little story

i once had a bumble bee friend :)

i was at my cousins birthday party and i was soooo bored. then a bee landed on my finger and i was like "oh haii"

then for like 2 hours i just carried out round from bush to bush.

it was so awesome that when it finished with one flower it would buzz back to my hand and willingly be carried over to another one.


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      Meg 2 years ago

      This same thing happened to me at my pool today! This big ol fat bumblebee kept hovering by me and would drive away any other bee or bug that came too close. The bee would always come back to me and sometimes hover so close to me I felt the air coming from his wings! I felt like we definitely bonded on some level haha

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      MarkC 2 years ago

      you cannot legally kill bumble bees anymore as they are now protected due to being in danger of loosing so many to pesticides etc! we have one hovering around our top enclosed porch but (s)he doesn't bother us! the poor thing just moves from one side to other and onto roof all day! not much of a life hah? but is cute to watch! so dedicated/loyal!

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      brittany 2 years ago

      I have one too! When i sit out back it just comes up to say hi and chases off anything that gets close. I loved bumble bees before but now even more. My little protector!

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      Esper 5 years ago

      I have two bee's that hover, I really don't want them there any more! The grand kids get scared the come to close while we eat outside in the summer! The deck is small so they seem like they are always there and it feels like their deck

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      We had a bumble bee ( big and fat and needed to go on a diet) that acted that way and she did have a nest. She never hurt us and would follow us out to the car I guess making sure we wouldn't go near her nest. It's looks like your bumble bee was use to you and liked to hang out where you were. It's like our blue birds they don't worry about us looking at their babies but they have a fit if anyone else goes near the nest.

      Loved your story voted up.

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      Carmen 5 years ago

      Well my research has brought me to the same conclusion, these are carpenter bees. And looking at your picture above that's what you have as well.

      At least I know I never have to worry about getting stung, the one doing the guarding and making a big fuss is the male and deosn't have a stinger.

      I haven't seen my front guard in a couple days. :(

      At least I can appreciate the other flying pests to get run off the back deck.

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      Me 5 years ago

      I'm glad I stumbled across this because it made me want to do further research on these little guys. I have moved from house to house quite a bit in my lifetime and almost all the homes I lived in that had a wood porch, had a bee like this to go with it! I found out through my research that these are carpenter bees. They look like bumble bees but to tell them apart, carpenter bees have a shiney black bottom. And to tell if it's a female or male, the male has a yellow spot on his face while the female's face is all black. Nice to know :)

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      Carmen 5 years ago

      How funny to come across this in my search for "guard bumblebee".

      We built a house 16 years ago in the fall and every summer since then we've had a bumblebee in the front that seems to guard a certain territory and another in the back that has his own territory. After all these years I've finally gotten curious enough to research bumblebee behavior. I'm pretty sure they don't live quite that long so obviously they have replacements for these areas. I actually took a pic of the front bee a bit earlier, he doesn't seem to be his spunky self, on the other hand our back guard is much more aggressive and threatening this year. I don't fear them, they're all least so far, none have ever stung, just dive bomb and threaten early on then lighten up once they get used to ya.

      I know their has to be a nest somewhere, but we have never come across it, I suspect in one of the trees in the woods right behind the house.

      I've decided to research their behavior and see how far out from the nest that they guard. Main reason being we're about to cut some trees and I think I want to protect them, and deffinately want to protect the one cutting trees.

      Anyway, good luck and as long as the nest isn't disturbed you should be seeing him again.

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      AKemN 5 years ago

      I believe I am starting to see a bumble bee act the same! We also recently moved into our home in October so this will be the first spring/summer. The bumble bee paces my yard and chases away any wasp,bumble bee, even mosquito hawks! It has maybe been a week since its been there! He/She has taken a few looks at me, but hasn't gotten too close. I wonder if bumble bees sting at all? Ill be glad to be a host to its home!!

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Just plain awesome. Wonderful story and very well presented. I just posted a poem about a Bumblebee, it fits right in with your account. Thanks for sharing. Robert

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      poorconservative1 6 years ago

      This is a totally cool Hub. A guard bee. You can't get cooler than that. Voted this Up on all buttons.



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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Bah Hum Bug on the research. This is your protector, friend, pet insect, family. I hope your friend continues to hang out with you two. Thanks for making me smile so big. This was enchanting.

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      gitrdun4444 6 years ago from North Carolina

      GetSmart, thanks bunches for the comment. If I were allergic I'd stay away too! Don't blame you at all. There are very few things that I'm afraid of, which may not be real smart. She's still here, so far "SMILE"

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      GetSmart 6 years ago

      This is really cute! I am actually allergic to them so I wouldn't be quite so willing to sit outside with it and so I probably would have missed this. I hope your bee stays with you for a while!

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      gitrdun4444 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Paradise! Yes, who would've thunk it? LOL! Glad you took the time to read, much appreciated.


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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Loved your bee! A guard bee-who would think it?

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      gitrdun4444 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow Dusty that was fast! Thank you....thank you!

      This is what I found out:

      Bees can't survive the stings because their stings are barbed in such a way that they can slide into your skin easily, but lock in place when trying to pull out. When the bee pulls, he rips away from his sting, the only problem is that he leaves half his insides with the sting.

      About how long they live? The queen bee, depends on weather shes a virgin or not...FOR REAL...

      When the after-swarm settles into a new home, the virgins will then resume normal behavior and fight to the death until only one remains. If the prime swarm has a virgin queen and the old queen, the old queen will usually be allowed to live. The old queen continues laying. Within a couple of weeks she will die a natural death and the former virgin, now mated, will take her place.

      Sorry this was so long!So I'm assuming my bee will not be with us for long :(

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      I was totally amused had to vote all buttons up. I got side tracked on the slow mo videos and the water balloons, the guy getting hit in the face was the best one as you can see his eyes close and neck muscles and facial features change in anticipation of the hit too funny. The bee taking flight is amazing as well. Don't bees die after stinging some thing? I wonder what heir life span is?

      Peace and no stings, 50