When we think of insects that are attracted to light, a few bugs immediately come to mind like the moth, mosquito, gnat and many more. So when someone says they have a BEE hovering around there outside porch; is this fact or fiction?
It is most definitely fact. Sometimes the BEES, WASPS, YELLOW JACKETS, or HORNETS (yes all four) will be found out at night hovering around lights such as porches, lamps, street lights, and for some bee catchers there OWN flash lights! Bee catchers have found the hardest evidence of this “light attraction” phenomenon in bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets during the process of moving a hive from one location to another.
Hives are always moved at night, when most of the colony is sleeping. But like any good colony, there must always be a watchful eye looking out for predators who may take them by surprise. Jim Fischer, a bee remover, writes in a thread (see it here) that flashlights during a night time yellow jacket hive relocation is nothing but “intimidating“.
…I did a removal of a very nasty colony of Eastern Yellow Jackets
(as big as your thumb, with a stinger to scale) at night. The job
was simple – lift a log in which they had set up shop into the
back of a pickup truck, and relocate the log and colony to the
woods. I soon realized that a flashlight was a bad idea, as the
Yellow Jackets flew up the bean of the flashlight, straight towards
Although other specialists later explain that using a straight ahead flashlight is not a great idea to begin with, it’s sometimes all they have. Ideally a bee handler working at night should use a red spectrum light, but sparingly. When a hive is opened at night, you will find every member of that colony inside of it. It’s at this point that the bee will determine how, where, and what is disturbing it’s colony’s seldom sleep. For instance, if you where to open up a hive during cold weather, bees are more likely to be slower in reaction time to the threat (you). Where on the other hand if you where to open a hive up during warm weather, there activity and defense will be much greater. Most importantly of all, do not give a bee, wasp, yellow jacket, or hornet a reason to come at you aggressively.
“BEE” SAFE AND CALL THE STOP SIGN THAT KNOWS THE MOST- STOP BUGGN PEST CONTROL!