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This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Birmingham, Alabama Malvern, Arkansas (2 reports) Piggott, Arkansas Rail Road Flat, California Algonquin, Illinois Arlington Heights, Illinois Mackinaw, Illinois Madison, Illinois Westchester, Illinois Hebron, Kentucky Halifax, Massachusetts Swansea, Massachusetts Warren, Michigan Albertville, Minnesota Marietta, Mississippi Howard Beach, New York New York City, New York Nunda, New York Suffern, New York Arden, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Cincinnati, Ohio North Ridgeville, Ohio Albion, Pennsylvania Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania West Chester, Pennsylvania Crossville, Tennessee Lufkin, Texas Spring, Texas Waxahachie, Texas Fredericksburg, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia
On Jul 25, 2008, mpfenning_3 from Suffern, NY wrote:
These wonderful Bumble Bees are a pleasure to watch as they visit flowers in the garden. They like monarda flowers but seem to be absolutely crazy for catnip. Dozens visit my stand of catnip all day long. If you want to help out these champions, I recommend a stand of catnip. Be warned, as a member of the mint family, catnip can be invasive.
On Apr 14, 2009, spring_luver from Malvern, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:
LOL I grew up calling these Yellow jackets :) My husband informed me (haughtily I might add) 2 years ago that these are NOT yellow jackets they are bumblebees.... Yellow jackets are wasps he says!! Well, I now know they are bumblees but I still call them Yellow Jackets! Teehee guess its my stubborn streak!! Oh and these LOVE my Ajuga when they bloom!!!!!!
On May 14, 2009, librarygarden from Arlington Heights, IL wrote:
Contrary to popular belief, bumblebees DO sting, but only if provoked (like stepping on them, oops). Fortunately, they're easy to see, and aren't the least bit aggressive. They seem to really like hyssop and are fascinating to watch.
On Jun 15, 2009, VA_Wild_Rose from Fredericksburg, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Non-agressive visitor to the garden... can be found sipping nectar from a variety of summer flowers, including cleome, duranta, and lavendar. One look at this little worker let's you know where the saying "busy as a bee" came from!