Since my Friday post was about the possible insect apocalypse, I thought I might post about this disruption that happened to some of my bumblebees on July 4th.


I had been out in the yard doing something and I noticed my edging disturbed. Since it was the middle of the day, that alone was peculiar enough. So I took a closer look.


This doesn’t look like much (the pink is rose petals from a shrub rose nearby). But of course I didn’t want to get too close to a bunch of very disturbed bumblebees that had been–what?

Normally the only animal that will go near a stinging insects nest is a skunk. I have had skunks dig whole underground hornets colonies out for me. Gotta love a creature that will do that!

So that’s what I am presuming did this. But boy, the remaining bees were mad as hornets. So I watched–and photoed–from a distance.

Nothing worse than getting on the wrong side of angry bees!

2 thoughts on “Disorder

  1. tonytomeo July 21, 2019 / 10:01 pm

    Skunks take snails and slugs too. We can’t argue with that.

  2. gardendaze July 22, 2019 / 5:31 am

    Ooh, I didn’t realize that. They are surely not as well known for that here–but then again, perhaps our slugs aren’t quite as much of a meal for them. I am a huge fan of skunks–next to ants, they are probably our most misunderstood garden creature (although snakes and wasps are surely tied for #1!)

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