So I’ve read elsewhere skunks love to eat live bees which seems crazy but apparently opossums, or at least the one currently residing in my yard seem to enjoy eating live bees too! I had no idea.
I recently set up a beehive cam and almost immediately saw a opossum wandering by every night eating the dead bees on the ground. His presence seems to irritate them so they start clumping on the outside of the box. Well the other night to my surprise he decides to lean up and take a big bite of bees! It looks like he was stung almost immediately and really did not like it, but he came back several more times for another bite of the cluster then snapped them up off the ground.
I am in a residential neighborhood and not allowed to put up fencing of any kind or size. Any thoughts on discouraging this guy?
Here’s a link to a video clip of him in action.
He snacks on them at 12:16:46, 12:19:17, 12:20:43.
Opossum Eating Bees!