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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
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    Mesa County Colorado USA
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    Default Why do bees like my wood lot?

    I have a wood lot, with cut and split wood in it, plus sawdust. The bees dig through the sawdust and seem to be biting pieces off the logs. What are they doing?
    If we were as smart as bees, we wouldn't have voted for Obama

  2. #2
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    Feb 2012
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    West Bath, Maine, United States
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    Default Re: Why do bees like my wood lot?

    Looking for pollen. Search for pollen threads or coffee threads. Plenty to go on.

  3. #3
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    Jan 2009
    Location
    Washington, AR, USA
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    Default Re: Why do bees like my wood lot?

    They are harvesting propolis. Anytime wood is cut, tiny drops of sap forms that the bees use to make propolis.

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    Default Re: Why do bees like my wood lot?

    They might actually be eating the sawdust though I don't know for sure. Torula yeast is commonly used as a pollen supplement and torula yeast is a wood by-product.

  5. #5
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    Feb 2013
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    MO, USA
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    Default Re: Why do bees like my wood lot?

    I had a warm day in January and my bees were all over a fresh mulch pile. The pile was hackberry and chipped green just days before. I was chipping red cedar that day and only a few bees would get on that pile. Makes me believe the rule about not using red cedar for hives. I'm certainly using it for mulch.
    I would have to agree with ScubaMark, I think they like the sap.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Oshawa, Ontario
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    Default Re: Why do bees like my wood lot?

    What kind of wood?
    I've seen them licking up sap off of a maple stump.

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