Earlier this week, Lisa from Oregon wrote to say that some really aggressive black and yellow bees were injuring the honey bees that came to her yard. She likes the honey bees and wanted to know what would attack them.
At first I thought they were probably wasps or hornets of some sort, but then I had another idea: wool carder bees. It was the right modus operandi, the right physical description, and the right time of year. I told her my thoughts and said it would help to have a photo. Truthfully, I never expected to hear from her again, but in no time she sent a pic: a European wool carder, indeed. Read more