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Do bees nest in the ground?

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Some, not all, bees nest on or under the ground. There are also several related insects with similar appearance that nest on or under the ground. One common species of ground-dwelling bee is the bumblebee.

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Bumblebees sometimes nest in abandoned mouse burrows. They also use cavities in buildings and other structures. In general, they are opportunistic nest builders and build their nests wherever they find room. Ground-dwelling bees include digger bees, mining bees and sweat bees. These bees dig their own burrows rather than repurposing rodent nests or other cavities. Some bee-like animals that nest in the ground include yellow jackets. Like bumblebees, they repurpose rodent nests instead of digging their own.

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