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First bumblebee queens of the year


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#1 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 14 2020 - 7:01 AM

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Seeing the first new Bombus queens emerging to look for nests is a true harbinger of spring. I just saw my first Bombus impatiens queen foraging on purple dead nettle in my lawn. They emerge very consistently on this second week of March.

Post your own sitings here!

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#2 Offline ponerinecat - Posted March 14 2020 - 9:33 AM

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I've seen so many. They are everywhere. Two species so far, one emerged earlier than the other but is rarer. I can walk outside and see 3-4 zipping around. I threw a plastic bag on a bush and it came away with a bombus queen inside.



#3 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted March 14 2020 - 9:37 AM

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I've seen so many. They are everywhere. Two species so far, one emerged earlier than the other but is rarer. I can walk outside and see 3-4 zipping around. I threw a plastic bag on a bush and it came away with a bombus queen inside.

 

Were you trying to catch a bombus queen or ...?

P.S. While I don't know the exact species when I see them, I enjoy seeing the extra fat bumblee queens come out in spring. Some little kids found a dead black one the other day... some of them would creep up to it, poke at it, then run screaming away (and no, that wasn't the girls).


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Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus, vicinus, quercicola

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Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and previously californicus

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#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 14 2020 - 9:55 AM

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They are way easier to ID than ants. Check out this guide: https://www.fs.fed.u...Western2012.pdf

I’m curious what you’re seeing over there.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25   I <3 tiny ants


#5 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted March 14 2020 - 10:03 AM

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I haven't seen any bees yet. We just got like 3 inches of snow  :(  RIP.

They say it's supposed to melt very soon though, so that's good.  


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#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 14 2020 - 10:08 AM

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Yeah, ya’ll are quite a bit behind us. We’ve gotten .06 inches of snow ALL year.
Post here when you first see one. It’s a small miracle of nature.
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#7 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted March 14 2020 - 10:11 AM

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Yeah, that's nice. Will do, sounds good!


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#8 Offline ponerinecat - Posted March 14 2020 - 12:50 PM

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I was just taking some tries at catching flies. Bee flew in instead.


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#9 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted March 14 2020 - 8:07 PM

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Awwww man some of them may not be bumblebees at all.  :facepalm:

Some that I've seen over the years may be carpenter bees.  :blush:


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Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus, vicinus, quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and previously californicus

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#10 Offline Zeiss - Posted March 15 2020 - 12:18 AM

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I'd love to see some bumblebees, but I don't think I will in Riverside, haha.



#11 Offline FSTP - Posted March 15 2020 - 12:29 AM

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OH wow you guys are lucky, I've been looking as I do every year and I have not seen any....yet!

 

I'll let you know when I do though. I have a few boxes ready for when I do catch some though. 


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#12 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 15 2020 - 2:16 AM

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Awwww man some of them may not be bumblebees at all. :facepalm:
Some that I've seen over the years may be carpenter bees. :blush:

Xylocopa carpenter bees are easy to confuse with Bombus queens. They are overall larger and shinier and much faster, more agile fliers.
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#13 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted March 15 2020 - 5:07 AM

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I’m looking forward to seeing bumblebees here but we’re still in the 20’s at night. BTW, did you happen to see this a few weeks ago? It was picked up by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. The Science article cited is behind a paywall but the abstract is available. Both newspaper articles have a link to it. Another species under stress and in decline :( 
 

https://www.nytimes....sultPosition=10

https://www.washingt...climate-change/



#14 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 15 2020 - 7:04 AM

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Sh*t. More bad news.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25   I <3 tiny ants


#15 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted March 15 2020 - 7:29 AM

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it happens. But did you know that the honey bee was (and still is) an invasive species and killed most of what originally polinated North America? If the bees died, only a couple of flowers would die. The honey bees going extinct and killing the whole planet is a myth. Some original bee species would take over and it would be fine (the bumblebee for example).


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#16 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 15 2020 - 7:47 AM

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That’s a bit exaggerated, but honeybees do outcompete some natives. A warming planet would take away the competitve edge that bumblebees have in cooler climates.
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#17 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted March 15 2020 - 8:10 AM

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yes


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#18 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted March 15 2020 - 12:54 PM

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Sh*t. More bad news.

Sorry man, that wasn’t my intent. 



#19 Offline justanotheramy - Posted March 15 2020 - 7:53 PM

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No bumblebees here in Australia, which child-me was very upset to learn.

We do have blue banded bees though, which is some consolation.

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#20 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 16 2020 - 2:23 AM

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That’s awesome! Are they common or rare?

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