Posted: 03/07/2014 at 18:13
We have a colony of Bumble Bees!
Started planting wild flowers and other plants attractive to various bees about 3 years ago. A big difference in thye variety of bees and other insects not quite so welcome.
About 3 months ago I noticed a lot of activity around 1 of the nest boxes on our garage. A bit apprehensive at first as there have been wasps in there 2 years ago. Once they were identified as White Tailed Bumble Bees [Tree Bees],we tried to relax and pretend they were not there when going under the group of bees hovering overhead! Gradually 1 lot grew into big bees and were replaced by small bees. These then grew and dispersed into my garden and the wider bee-world!
They are or there are......bumble bees in the garden enjoying the abundence of nectar. They do occasionally dive-bomb you or perhaps just bump into you whilst flying from flower to flower. Rarely are there any bees around the nest box now so do not know if the Queen is still in residence.
I hoped to have guidance from the British Bee Association but the 2 people I spoke were rather abrupt and should NOT have been on the BBA list of people to telephone for advice! I was also lucky to find a friendly `Pest Control` man who told me what they were and what would happen next......very grateful for that info.