Natural Enemies Of Bees

Bees may be attacked in various ways at various points in their life cycles.  Bees have a diverse range of predators, parasites, and parasitoids - some only attack particular species.

Here is a list of various links to information on this website presented to the reader in different ways.

Conopid Flies
Known parasitoids of bumble bees, honey bees and large orchid bees.  Read about Conopid flies.

Nematodes (Sphaerularia bombi)
Like Conopid flies, this parasite causes infected bees to dig into the ground.  Read about this parasitoid here.

Varroa Mite
The Varroa mite is associated only with honey bees.

Phoretic Mites
Phoretic mites are often seen attached to the thorax (upper body) of bumble bees.

Pollen Mites
Scroll down the page to read about pollen mites attacking mason bees.

Wasps and Hornets
Wasps and hornets may take small bees and larvae to feed their own offspring, as well as raid nectar stores.  You'll find information about the Asian hornet here

Spiders
I get many emails asking me about how to remove a bee from a spider web.  It's controversial, but I provide advice here.

Racoons
Read this wonderful blog from a visitor about how she protected a wild bumble bee nest from hungry racoons!

Bird Predation
If you find headless bees, or bees with part of the body missing, predation by birds may be the reason.  Read more here.











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