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Bee infestation closes Chapel Hill playground

Posted April 26, 2015

The North Forest Hills Park playground in Chapel Hill is closed because of an infestation of solitary bees.

But, instead of getting rid of the bees, town staff plan on letting them stay to play. A short video from the town show swarms of the bees buzzing underneath the park's play structure.

"These are very beneficial insects," writes Bill Webster, park planning and development manager in Chapel Hill, in an email. "We intend to let them live through their life cycle and suggest that you use another playground if you normally use the North Forest Play Area."

Homestead Park is nearby. According to information Webster included in the email, solitary bees live for about a year though they are usually visible during the active, adult stage of life, which runs for three to four weeks.

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  • Matt Thompson Apr 26, 2015
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    Im sorry not miner bees, ground bees

  • Matt Thompson Apr 26, 2015
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    These are not honey bees. They are miner bees that are just pollinators. Be prepared for them to come back every year because each individual bee lays eggs in the ground.

  • Sammy Macloud Apr 26, 2015
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    I am SOOOOOOO glad to read they are going to let them stay. Thank you for saving these bees, every little bit helps.