Digger Bee

Actual Size: ¼ to ½”

Characteristics: Large and fuzzy, or shiny and metallic. Males have enlarged antennae. 

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat: Females live underground, building nests in flat or sloped areas with sparse mulch or grass.


  • Nests are made up of private chambers for individual bees
  • Not known for aggression unless threatened
  • Commonly mistaken for bumble bees

Digger Bees in Flushing, NY

Digger bees are a species of ground bees commonly found around New York City and Long Island. They’re solitary creatures that are most commonly seen in the early spring, where the males pollinate plants and feed on harmful insects while the females stay underground building the nest and tending to their larvae.

Digger Bee Habitat

Digger bees nest underground in dry areas sparse of grass or mulch. The females live underground for most of their lives, preparing individual chambers with pollen and nectar for their larvae. You can find evidence of digger bees through one or more small mounds on your property with a hole dug in the center. 

Digger Bee Behaviors, Threats or Dangers

Out of all the stinging insects, digger bees are some of the most docile. They aren’t known for biting or stinging unless disturbed. Digger bees are also very capable pollinators in springtime, and they feed on ant larvae and other pests. Overall, they don’t cause much damage – not even to your landscaping. But if you want to avoid potential discomfort or an allergic reaction, you can get rid of them with the help of your local bee exterminators at Magic Exterminating.