Hello! I'm fairly new here and i currently don't have any honey bees. Though i do keep bumble bees. I build nest boxes for them, make nest sites, and captive rear colonies. I keep my bumble bee colonies in nest boxes with special door flaps. These door flaps keep out parasites such as wax moths. I've had tons of success this year! I would love to share my bumble bee knowledge and answer any questions you may have about them. Here are some of my colonies from this year.
My Bombus bimaculatus colony. This colony was very successful and produced 50 new queens! The average is just around a dozen! Well here is some footage of that nest.
The foundress queen returning to the nest from one of her last foraging trips before the workers took over foraging:
Here is a new virgin queen leaving the nest for the first time (note how she does an orienting flight):
Here is a new queen returning to the nest for the first time. She has a little trouble with the door, but she does make it in:
Another nest in a viewable nestbox. This video has a worker putting pollen in a storage pot:
Here is a different nest. This species is Bombus impatiens. I have them in a viewable nestbox. This video was taken early June. This nest has 150 workers currently and has gone into producing males and new queens. I will make more updates of them soon:
I hope you enjoy and please comment!