According to BumbleBee.org, a bumblebee will even warn you before it stings. It will stick up a middle leg if its annoyed by your presence, which means “back off!”. They will really only become aggressive if you are bothering their nest.
Why do bumble bees hover over you?
Several of them may hover in one spot, and they seem to be guarding something. Theyll chase you, harass you, annoy you, and youre probably worried theyll swoop in and attack you every time you pass.
Do bumblebees chase you?
Running is a sudden movement, and bees dont act well when theyre startled. Theyll convey your sudden speed as a threat, and they wont stop chasing you.
Why do bumblebees stare at me?
Zooming around from place to place, chasing off other insects, or other male carpenter bee intruders is the main objective of the male carpenter bee. The hovering action around humans, or even pets, of the male carpenter bee is his effort to flex his muscle and to investigate the dangers of his surroundings.
Are bumblebees friendly?
They are generally very docile. They do not form swarms like other communal bees and they only sting when truly provoked. Only female bumble bees have stingers. But they are so good-natured that getting a female to sting you is a major undertaking.