…are a familiar site around our homes and gardens at this time of year. With their distinctive large, furry bodies and yellow/black striped banding, it doesn’t usually take long to spot one feeding across borders and flowering plants. Common species spotted in the UK include garden, buff-tailed, red-tailed, white-tailed and field bumblebees.
Bumblebees are social insects, living in colonies of up to 200 workers. New queens hibernate underground during the winter, emerging in spring to find suitable nest sites such as abandoned mole holes. The new queen starts a new colony by building a nest into which she lays around 10-15 eggs. The eggs hatch into sterile female workers and the colony is established.
Bumblebees are important pollinators of both wildflowers and crops. While not useful honey producers these bees are increasingly cultured for agricultural use as pollinators, most significantly for use in greenhouses and polytunnels.
Bumblebees are not aggressive and will only sting when provoked.
While control options are available for Bumblebees, we generally advise our customers to avoid harming them where possible. Apart from the fact the species is threatened in many areas, the nests are usually short-lived and pose no great danger to the home or property owner.
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