I have seen the occasional BB entering my hives. The honeys don't seem to notice much compared to how they react to yellow jackets.
In my case absolutely 100% certain. Biggest bumble I ever saw, big as the end of my thumb.Are you certain you aren't seeing drones coming & going?
In this case absolutely certain. BIG black and white bumblebees.Are you certain you aren't seeing drones coming & going?
Totally agree, we make every effort to give them their place in the world. We have found that they REALLY find great nesting places in our compost pile(s) which sometimes is not in their best interests when it's time to turn the piles so I really am careful about that. We have llamas and those piles get large and quite warm real fast. Makes them perfectly happy.I usually find around four each season, lying on a bottom-board mesh, blackened and greasy-looking ... and very dead.
Whether the bees kill them, or they enter a hive and can't find their way out - couldn't say. Pity, as they're harmless enough - and great fun to watch.