Bumblebee pests, enemies, etc.

The Gladiator bumblebee, Bombus vestalis, is a cuckoo bumblebee Yes we have all heard of cuckoo birds. Cuckoos and their rather anti social behaviour are known to many people. But did you know there are species of bees and wasps that are also cuckoos? Queen bumblebees emerging after hibernation may have to fight to the death […]

Effectively castrated by the nematode Sphaerularia bombi, these queen bumblebees cannot nest The queen becomes a surrogate mother for the nematode worms When hibernating in the soil, the fertilised female nematode, Sphaerularia bombi, which only infects bumblebee queens, enters the body of the queen bumblebee and lays her eggs inside her. When the queen emerges in […]

Predatory bird kills bumblebee queen After months of hibernating the bumblebee queen eagerly sets out to feed up and start her colony. It’s her life’s quest. Likewise, a predatory bird, probably a Great tit or even a robin, itself getting into breeding condition, sees her as an opportunistic meal.  That’s nature! Her sting and whole insides […]

Bee fly, Bombylius major, a bumblebee mimic feeding in my wildlife garden This large bee fly looks like a dark-edged specimen, Bombylius major, one of only four species in Britain.  It looks rather innocent as it feeds upon the nectar from your garden flowers. It has a dark secret though! You may see it in your garden […]

From Academia to Sunday Times Bestseller! A Sting in the Tale The frustrated Professor! Prof. Dave Goulson is passionate about bumblebees. He is one of the UK’s top bumblebee researchers and probably the world as well! However he was frustrated. Why? He enjoys his job which involves writing papers, journals and increasing knowledge about bumblebees. But the world of being […]

Tree bumblebee with wax moth larvae inside Possibly due to their elevationed positions, many tree bumblebees nests are prone to attack by the wax moth, aphomia sociella. The tell tale signs are a very thick, strong web like structure in and around the inside of the nest itself. Of the 2 tree bumblebee nest boxes […]

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“All my articles and videos, available free, are funded by my  teaching and sales of award winning bumblebee nest boxes, solitary bee boxes,  and wormeries. Please help by spreading the word and forwarding this link to your friends and colleagues. http://nurturing-nature.co.uk  Thank you” George Pilkington   Click here for pricing and to buy any of the accessories for your Bumblebee Nest Box […]

Deluxe bumblebee nest box visited by cuckoo bumblebee All my articles, videos and work are funded by my teaching and sales of award winning bumblebee nest boxes, solitary bee boxes,  and wormeries. Cuckoos and their rather anti social behaviour are known to many people. Yet were you aware there are cuckoo bumblebees? Queen bumblebees emerging after hibernation may have to […]

All my articles, videos and work are funded by my teaching and sales of award winning bumblebee nest boxes, solitary bee boxes,  and wormeries. Click here for pricing and to buy any of the accessories for your Bumblebee Nest Box For almost two years I have been researching scientific papers, journals, books and numerous other sources, putting the information, my […]