Bumble bees under a porch, Taylor Michigan

Discussion in 'Mason & other alternative bees' started by Gypsi, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    There is apparently a nest of bumble bees under my future soninlaw's mother's porch in Taylor, near Detroit.

    Because I keep honeybees, he called to ask me about them. I know they are desirable as pollinators, I was trying to attract some to my yard. I think they all die off in winter just leaving a queen egg? Would anyone like the nest, before or after their seasonal die-off?

    gypsi
     
  2. ApisBees

    ApisBees Active Member

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    Yes bumble bees are known as solitary insects because only the queen burrows in and hibernates the winter. the same as wasps and yellow jackets. In the spring the queen emerges from where she burrowed to hibernate the winter once the weather warms up. the queen finds a suitable spot for a nest or burrows into the ground to build a nest. she makes there honey pot and a few cells to lay eggs in, she feed and looks after the larva until they hatch. then the new bees help to expand the nest and look after the new brood. The colony will reach about 200 bees by late summer. with the days getting shorter and colder it signals the hive to raise queens to burrow in and hibernate to head colonies next year.

    Hornets yellow jackets wasps all live reproduce and survive the same way the bumble bee dose. That is why after the queens to go into hibernation emerge and go out fo feed and find a suitable place to survive winter. the colony becomes demoralized has no purpose. they them become the pests of the picknick until the cold weather kills them off.
     

  3. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Hmmmm...very interesting...didn't know that about bumbles...
     
  4. PerryBee

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    When I get called and find them my advice is always to "just leave them be if you can". When fall comes they will abandon the nest (which is not usually that big) and the problem will resolve itself. Then be sure to seal it up properly.
     
  5. G3farms

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    Small world, my sister use to live in Taylor, on Hipp St., then she moved over to Romulus.
     
  6. Barbarian

    Barbarian New Member

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    On your computer try inputting Bumblebee Conservation Trust. A web-site full of pics and info.
     
  7. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    it is a great website, but specializes in UK bumblebee species. I'll look around some more when I find time.

    Gypsi
     
  8. Slowmodem

    Slowmodem New Member

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    My wife grew up in Rochester, MI. She went to high school with Madonna.

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    ablanton New Member

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    There's a Star Trek joke in there, somewhere . . .
     
  10. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm sure there is