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Why are bees swarming on the bricks in my yard?

  1. MarleneB profile image97
    MarleneBposted 4 years ago

    Why are bees swarming on the bricks in my yard?

    My back yard is filled with a haze of bees. And all the bricks have bees swarming on them. They appear to be searching for something, but I can't, for the life of me, figure out what they are doing on the bricks. Normally, there will be about twenty bees on each brick.

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  2. Hridyapal-Bhogal profile image75
    Hridyapal-Bhogalposted 4 years ago

    This is a bit strange! Is it hot there? If it is, then might just be looking for a cooler place (as bricks are considerably cooler than other surfaces).

    1. MarleneB profile image97
      MarleneBposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, I hadn't considered that. Yes. It is really hot. And, there seem to be more bees on the bricks right after I water the lawn. Interesting! Thank you.

  3. billybuc profile image90
    billybucposted 4 years ago

    Because you are sweet as honey, Marlene. smile

    1. MarleneB profile image97
      MarleneBposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you! Bill, you are too kind!

  4. ChitrangadaSharan profile image56
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 4 years ago

    Generally bees are visible with the onset of summer season here. So I agree with Hridyapal. You should be careful and watchful, especially if there are small kids playing around the place.  I hope there is no beehive around.

    1. MarleneB profile image97
      MarleneBposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I haven't seen any hives. That was the first thing I looked for. I've never seen so many bees. It looks like THEIR back yard instead of MY back yard!

  5. Michael-Milec profile image60
    Michael-Milecposted 4 years ago

    Hm. Are they  honey- bees ; it's a bit strange since they always " work " flying. Some wasps though would make seasonal habitation under a " slab" if the ground underneath is sandy , their babies come out to rest and getting stronger before ready to fly.
    [ If they are religious type, might have a home- cell gathering or a small  camp meeting. ]

    1. MarleneB profile image97
      MarleneBposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      They look like honey bees. This is the first time I have seen so many bees in my back yard. Some of them look like they are just "chilling" and relaxing. Others look like they are extracting something from the bricks.

  6. LuisEGonzalez profile image88
    LuisEGonzalezposted 4 years ago

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    More than likely they are seeking nutrients in the form of minerals as it is common with many species of butterflies as well as some insects. If your bricks are clay (they look like clay), over time and due to weather they slowly begin to wear down which exposes minerals. Many insects "lick" the surfaces in order to extract minerals and salts.
    http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Am … 0iulia.htm

    1. MarleneB profile image97
      MarleneBposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for the information, Luis. Yes. The bricks are clay. By the way, those butterflies are really beautiful.

  7. Alistair Olver profile image70
    Alistair Olverposted 4 years ago

    Bees and other insects are actually attracted to certain substances because of the infrared wavelengths they give off. Ordinarily, these bees would be attracted to a plant that gives off a particular scent , but because these bricks are giving off a similar wavelength to the scent when heated by the sun they are attracted to them instead. A similar thing happens when moths get attracted to a light which gives off similar infrared wavelengths to plants or even other moths.

    1. MarleneB profile image97
      MarleneBposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yes. They are definitely attracted to something on the bricks. They are there all day long. These are new bricks added to the garden, so there must be something in the newness of the bricks. Like that new car scent - a new brick scent. smile

  8. whonunuwho profile image79
    whonunuwhoposted 4 years ago

    Seeking minerals and essentials in the brick surfaces exposed by the warming sun. This is common so don't be alarmed.whonu

    1. Michael-Milec profile image60
      Michael-Milecposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Perfect answer. Makes more sense considering honey's capacity of  currying many diseases. " Minerals and essentials " deposited by  "someone" who created forehand the " expert s" collecting healing ingredience hidden to scientific expertness, for now

  9. DHRUBA12345 profile image61
    DHRUBA12345posted 4 years ago

    because you are sweet . i think you are very sweet as honey.

    1. MarleneB profile image97
      MarleneBposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. You are too kind.

  10. StoneCircle profile image88
    StoneCircleposted 4 years ago

    I can not really tell by the photo of what species of bees you have, but they look like the bees I have seen in my moms yard every spring. They are out to get warmth, check out the surroundings and the ones I have observed tend to make a winter home underground. They could be gathering to start a new hive. bees are pretty sluggish in spring, so I do not see a need to worry. just let them go about their day and soon they will be pollinating the neighborhood.

    1. MarleneB profile image97
      MarleneBposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I believe they are honey bees. Normally, I only see them taking nectar from the flowers, but this year they have fully invaded the back yard.

 
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