bee or wasp nest in the ground

Bee or Wasp Nest in The Ground

You might be surprised that there is a thing like the ground bee and the ground wasp. Even though we associate both species with nests above the ground they don’t have to necessarily live there and this is why there are such insects as ground bees and ground wasps. The key difference is that ground wasps and ground bees obviously make their nest in the ground, and even more specifically also nest there so when you come across a ground wasp and ground bee nest make sure that you do not step on the nest directly as it may disturb and provoke the nest.

If you have wasps and need to get rid of them, contact the professionals from Wasp Control!

What are ground bees?

Ground bees look a lot like bumble bees, but they have a difference in that they can be told apart from regular bumble bees when you know what to look for! Here are some examples of ground bees so next time when you come across a nest you know if you are dealing with a ground bee or a regular bumble bee

Colletes Inaequalis

Despite the fancy name, these bee species are fairly common and are classified as a ground-nesting bee. They are also known as the cellophane bee due to the female’s excretion of cellophane which they build their nest with. They are solitary bees which means that they build their own nest instead of being part of a grand colony. They can be distinguished by yellow marks and an all-black body.

Tawning Mining Bee


This is a stunning display of what nature can offer and is immediately recognizable by it’s fox red fuzzy hairs. These bees are native to Europe and can be seen all the way from The Balkans to Scandinavia. The nest is like a vertical shaft and 2-3 cm deep. As with the previous bee discussed, this bee is also solitary in nature. It looks quite like a bumble bee had a fiery red paint job.

Carpenter Bees (Honarable Mention)


Yes, the famed carpenter bee is well known for its nests in softwoods. Even though the carpenter bee doesn’t nest in the ground, it makes use of friction to drill holes in wood. This is mostly dead wood. The way you can tell if there is a carpenter bee presence is by looking for multiple holes and for material that resembles sawdust also known as frass.

Professional Pest Control Experts

If you have ground wasp or ground bee presence, contact a local service such as Wasp Control to have your situation checked and resolved. Our professionals are licensed and insured individuals that have years of experience in the field and have all the necessary tools and equipment to get the job done in no time.