Re: BUMBLE BEES
I mentioned earlier that I hadn't seen any bumbles this year, but I didn't take into account that they only overwinter a single individual and build from there. Plenty now. I haven't seen a lot of competition among species either. The bumbles are normally all over the lawn, while my Apis take off for parts unknown. I have seen the odd bumble attracted to the hives with the intention of getting a free meal, but it doesn't take more than a couple of head bunts to discourage them.
Bumbles prefer to nest in abandoned rodent burrows, so I'm wondering if they are running out of room for everyone this time of year?
When I watch them in the evenings they seem to be sleeping on and under the flowers.
We learn more from our mistakes than from our success.
Buckfast bees rock!