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First bumblebee queens of the year


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#61 Online ANTdrew - Posted March 15 2021 - 9:13 AM

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I wouldn't recommend it unless you really, really know what you are doing. Bumblebee populations are struggling enough without us collecting queens to learn/ screw up with.


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#62 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted March 15 2021 - 12:25 PM

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The tricky part is getting fresh bee pollen to feed the queen before her workers start foraging. That’s why I’ve never tried it. I don’t have time to visit 400 flowers a day.

You actually don’t need fresh. Pollen frozen right after collecting works fine, from what research I’ve done.


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#63 Online ANTdrew - Posted March 15 2021 - 12:53 PM

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That’s good to know. You’d still need someone who keeps honeybees to get you good pollen to freeze. When I asked the only beekeeper I know, she gave me an old bottle of dried bee pollen from the store. I was like, uh thanks...

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#64 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted March 15 2021 - 1:30 PM

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I contacted a seller from Etsy and confirmed that the pollen was frozen right after collecting. I then payed extra to get it shipped here overnight and it seems good 


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#65 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 16 2021 - 3:20 AM

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I have to wait until it warms up anyways. Its still cold here in MA. Outside right now is like 18 F. We only got 2 warm days last week where the flowers opened up and all the bees came out. 



#66 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 5 2021 - 7:02 AM

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Bombus impatiens queens were all over my yard yesterday! Here is one feeding on one of my blooming redbud trees. :)

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