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First bumblebee queens of the year


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#21 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 17 2020 - 6:53 AM

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Here are photos of a queen in my yard foraging on purple dead nettle, a Eurasian invasive plant. I welcome this stuff in my lawn, though because bees love it. Note the bright red color of its pollen!

 

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#22 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted March 17 2020 - 6:55 AM

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interesting


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#23 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted June 11 2020 - 7:27 PM

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I snapped this Bombus impatiens in the same flowers I found C. americanus foraging nectar and tending aphids. 
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#24 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 12 2020 - 2:06 AM

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I love it. How can one look at a bumblebee and not be happy?
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#25 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted June 12 2020 - 4:59 AM

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Yep. It’s so amazing watching these ungainly little beasts fly!



#26 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted June 12 2020 - 7:33 AM

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"Bombus" is, without a doubt, the perfect genus name for a bee like this.


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#27 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 4 2020 - 7:56 PM

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how do you even differentiate the queens from workers?


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#28 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 5 2020 - 4:16 AM

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Pretty easy, actually. At certain times of year like late fall and early spring, only new queens are active. They are also much bigger and stockier than workers. They behave differently, as well, by slowly flying close to the ground looking for nesting holes.

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#29 Offline Zeiss - Posted November 5 2020 - 5:49 AM

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I wish I could find these easily in Southern California.  I was thinking about buying a colony of bumblebees with one of those box nests.  Any ideas or thoughts about that?



#30 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 5 2020 - 8:15 AM

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would i be able to find any queens now?


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#31 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted November 5 2020 - 8:36 AM

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i want a colony of bees, but a neighbor is allergic :(


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#32 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 5 2020 - 8:39 AM

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i want a colony of bees, but a neighbor is allergic :(

I want one too! but i literally can't find any queens, and in spring earlier this year i didn't know how to tell them apart  :lol:


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#33 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted November 5 2020 - 8:41 AM

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i want a colony of bees, but a neighbor is allergic :(

I want one too! but i literally can't find any queens, and in spring earlier this year i didn't know how to tell them apart  :lol:

 

i have a good friend that is a bee keeper. i am trying to get him into ants. but he would probably give me a queen if i asked. i just hope i can keep bees sometime!


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#34 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 5 2020 - 8:55 AM

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i want a colony of bees, but a neighbor is allergic :(

I want one too! but i literally can't find any queens, and in spring earlier this year i didn't know how to tell them apart  :lol:

 

i have a good friend that is a bee keeper. i am trying to get him into ants. but he would probably give me a queen if i asked. i just hope i can keep bees sometime!

 

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#35 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 5 2020 - 9:44 AM

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You could see brand new queens out now. In my area, they hibernate first before starting a colony. Not sure about CA species.


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#36 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 5 2020 - 9:50 AM

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You could see brand new queens out now. In my area, they hibernate first before starting a colony. Not sure about CA species.

if you see any, would you be interested in selling them? :P


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#37 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 5 2020 - 2:11 PM

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I live on the other side of the country, so it wouldn’t be wise.

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#38 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 5 2020 - 2:15 PM

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I haven't seen any yet, they tend to come out in spring. Very easy to tell them apart from workers, they get big.


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#39 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 5 2020 - 2:18 PM

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I live on the other side of the country, so it wouldn’t be wise.

lol yeah, just saw that u r in VA 


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#40 Offline Spazmops - Posted November 5 2020 - 4:31 PM

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Is this a misconception or do bumble bees actually not sting?


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