At this time of year we receive a lot of enquiries about Bumblebees so we thought we’d give you some additional information. We thought you’d like to see a Bumblebee nest, which is very different to a wasp nest or a honeybee nest. This nest was found in a roof space and was located on the floor, on top of the loft insulation.
We are actively encouraging people to live with these docile bees. Bumblebee colonies should be leaving their nests within the next few weeks when the last of their young hatch out, they will not be damaging your property and they are unlikely to return to the same location next year.
Vital pollinators of crops and wildflowers, bumblebees are particularly effective with tomatoes, as their buzz frequency releases large pollen loads. All Bumblebees form small colonies, visiting flowers as far as 2km away to feed on the nectar and gather pollen. The pollen coats the bee’s hairy body and is then combed into a pollen basket. Usually, only the queens survive the winter, so there’s no need for Bumblebees to store large quantities of honey in the hive. Of the 250 known species, 24 are found in the UK but only six of these are a familiar sight in our gardens.
We encourage people to live along side these fascinating social bees. Further information can be found on the BBC website Bumblebee Nests