In autumn, old bumblebee colonies die and newly-mated bumblebee queens find places to hibernate. They may choose a hole in the ground, a compost heap or a spot under piles of autumn leaves.
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Late-flying species, such as the common carder bumblebee and the solitary ivy bee, may be seen. Honeybees will come out to feed during warm, sunny weather.
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Wildlife expert, Kate Bradbury, explains how you can help bees at this time of year by providing food and shelter, below.