We get this question all the time... "Why would I want bees around? Won't they sting me?" Maybe you've had some bad experiences with honeybees or hornets, and we wouldn't blame you for being weary. However, there's good news: solitary bees are not aggressive! Male bees don't even have stingers. The female bees do, but the odds of them stinging you are extremely low. In fact, you'd have to be trying really hard to get them to sting you, like stepping on them or grabbing them with your bare hands. They just aren't interested in us humans, not when there's flowers to visit! Plus, unlike honeybees, they don't have a hive to protect so there's no need for aggression. Sometimes curiosity gets the better of them and they may come close to you to investigate. But have no fear: native bees are gentle creatures and they mean you no harm.
Pictured here: a mason bee who is way too focused on pollen to think about stinging you. source
Ames Chiles is a native bee enthusiast from the Ozarks and co-founder of BeeFoster. She studied biology at Missouri State University and followed her passion for learning about our natural world to the west coast. Upon moving back to the area she began to invest her time in land stewardship and sustainable business, eventually starting a company. BeeFoster is a solution to an immediate and pressing issue of a declining bee population. This mission is what steers her path forward and gets her into the garden everyday.