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White Tailed Bumblebee

White tailed Bumblebee

As the calls for help regarding Bees and Wasps are starting to increase, it is a good idea to look into what Bees are likely to be doing during the coming year.


Species of Solitary Bees are emerging from their respective holes and in some cases, causing alarm, because they are being mistaken for Wasps. Nesting areas can include holes in loose mortars of buildings and walls or from areas of short, mown grass, whilst others prefer bare soil.


As temperatures rise, Honeybees will be seen more frequently as they collect pollen for local hives.

Bees, Bumblebees

Tree Bumblebee

Single Bumblebees can be seen foraging early in the mornings.


Higher temperatures are more constant and the heat rises in local hives resulting in bee swarms consisting of a new queen and several thousand workers who “break off” from the hive in search of new homes for colonies.

The activity with other bees increases as they feed on nectar and pollen to increase strength levels and male Bumblebees along with queens are seen more frequently.



Buff-tailed Bumblebee

All too soon as summer comes to an end, old Bumblebee colonies will die off and recently mated Queens will disperse to find places to hibernate including holes in the ground, old bird boxes, under leaves or thick tufts of grass or compost heaps and under log piles.

If a sunny day appears, some species will come out to feed including the Honeybee and some species of Solitary bees.


Most Bees will lay low, but if a rare sunny day appears with mild temperatures, Honeybees may venture out along with the hardy Bumble bee Queens. Bumble bees are furry and this allows them to remain active in colder weather. Solitary bees will remain in hibernation.


Bees are very important for the pollination of plants and crops and with a lot of the countryside declining, gardens are becoming the focus of attention and the key to Bee survival is the diversity of flowers that are grown to provide food all year round.


Red Tailed Bumblebee

Bees native to the United Kingdom are usually harmless, but there are always exceptions and when approaching any insect of this type, caution is always advised. If in doubt always seek advice, as one thing is certain, if it is Wasps, they will sting if threatened and with possible fatal results.

If you need some advice or have a problem with Bees or Wasps or you need help with Wasp control or Wasp removal or Wasp treatment in and around Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood, Verwood or any BH postcode area call

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