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THE LIFECYCLE OF THE BUMBLE BEE

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in BH postcode, Bournemouth, bumble bee, bumble bees, Christchurch, pest control, Poole, Ringwood, Verwood | 0 comments

As we enjoy the warmer weather so do insects. Bumble bees are very important for the environment and should be protected where possible.

As temperatures rise in the spring, the queen bumblebee will emerge from hibernation in the soil. Feeding on nectar, a search for a suitable nest site commences which could be in a hole in the ground, long grass tussocks, under or in sheds, or even in a bird box or hanging basket. Eggs are laid which hatch into larvae which in turn eventually develop into bees.

It is now summer and female bees or “workers” carry out all the tasks required of the nest including guarding, cleaning and feeding. The queen is busy laying more eggs for the next batch of bees.

As summer progresses, new queens and male bees are produced to allow the bee cycle to continue. The role of the males is to feed and mate with the new queens that leave the nest. After mating, the new queens feed and store up energy ready for the long hibernation.

Autumn sees the death of the old queen and the nest, with the new queens entering into hibernation underground until the following spring.

For advice or help with bees in and around Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood, Verwood or any BH postcode area contact:

No-Nonsense Pest Control : 

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