I do have a little Bumble box I made for when I am able to catch a queen. I've had it for four years now and have not been successful in acquiring a wild bumble queen. I could just buy one but that doesn't seem as fun.
Also in the wild a lot of these bumble bees when they're looking to make a new nest colony seek out abandoned rodent nests. So old rat or squirrel nests seem to be most commonly sought after. I think these abandoned nests must have a distinct smell to them that the Bumble queen hones in on when she is trying to found a new colony.
Sorry if I am wrong, I have fairly limited knoledge of Bees.
Don't Bumblebees produce minimal amounts of honey? So wouldn't keepers not be as interested in them?
They do make a version of honey in open honey pot vats. Buts its not as good as honey bee honey and is very inconsistent, also its viscosity greatly differs from pot to pot. One could be thick and syrupy and the next on is as thin as water. I've tried it and it varies from pot to pot. One pot will taste like nice honey. The next one will be bitter while another one tasted like someone poured sugar syrup on dirt or clay.
Edited by FSTP, October 12 2018 - 1:34 PM.