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There are wild solitary bees living in holes in the wood around an outside door.

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How do I ATTRACT more of them? They are the ONLY bees I have seen all year. They look kinda like small, dark, smoother bumblebees. They move kinda slowly. They certainly don't bother anyone or anything. I like them! How do I attract more of them?
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Leaving them alone would probably be the best way to attract them.

They do not hive like other bees, that is they have only a loose association with others. Quite a few might inhabit your house, if you let them, but they will have separate chambers/nests.

Note 1): There is a destructive bee called a 'Carpenter' bee that looks like a bumblebee except the yellow is not as bright and the abdomen has no color or hairs. The females will attack and kill bumblebees but ignore humans. They tunnel into the wood of the house to build nests. Males act as lookouts at the corners of the house. The lookout will hover until they see any intruder insect - they will attack that insect then return. The males/lookouts cannot sting you. These are not good guys and I suspect that's what you have.

Note 2): I have seen two houses with honeybee nests. One was abandoned and had a huge nest. The other is a house of mine that the tenant has allowed them to enter the wall from an outside hole. These need to be discouraged also but should not be destroyed as bees are in worldwide decline to the detriment of food crops everywhere. They are the main source of pollination. Honeybees are small yellow bees.
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Leaving them alone would probably be the best way to attract them.

They do not hive like other bees, that is they have only a loose association with others. Quite a few might inhabit your house, if you let them, but they will have separate chambers/nests.

Note 1): There is a destructive bee called a 'Carpenter' bee that looks like a bumblebee except the yellow is not as bright and the abdomen has no color or hairs. The females will attack and kill bumblebees but ignore humans. They tunnel into the wood of the house to build nests. Males act as lookouts at the corners of the house. The lookout will hover until they see any intruder insect - they will attack that insect then return. The males/lookouts cannot sting you. These are not good guys and I suspect that's what you have.

Note 2): I have seen two houses with honeybee nests. One was abandoned and had a huge nest. The other is a house of mine that the tenant has allowed them to enter the wall from an outside hole. These need to be discouraged also but should not be destroyed as bees are in worldwide decline to the detriment of food crops everywhere. They are the main source of pollination. Honeybees are small yellow bees.
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