Nurturing Nature nest box attracts Bombus pascuorum queen to nest inside-video

May 29, 2013

in A selection of my garden wildlife videos, Bumblebees and their ecology, Gardening For Wildlife

Bombus pascuorum becomes a movie queen and gives my nest the thumbs up!

To attract bumblebee queens to voluntarily nest in nest boxes, you have to use little tricks. There is a lot more to it than putting a nest box in your garden! To film wildlife you have to use little tricks. Here I have combined a few tricks for both purposes. I have many more!

This year I attracted 7 queens in total although 1 died in the nest box, 1 I accidentally scared away 🙁 whilst she was inside the nest box, 1 was killed by another queen inside the nest site and 1 was killed, lost or died somewhere. 3 are still active…..

Customers of mine get really detailed information, with hints and tips. Attracting queen bumblebees to nest is an ongoing learning curve! What I learn I pass on. I offer a first class after sales service!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosie May 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Hi George
Very envious of your bumblebee nest and will certainly after watching this video, hope to purchase one soon and encourage more bees to the garden. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more.

Rosie

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nurturingnature May 29, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Hi Rosie, Yes it is great to attract queens, I have had 7 this year….attracted to my nest sites…I am learning more all the time!
Knowledge I will pass on.

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marie thompson June 6, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Hi George, we have a wild bee nest/colony at the pink shed opposite my allotment, they are at the back of the shed if you want to see and identify them, they are small bees but they pack a sting so be careful, under the bee nest entrance there is hole that has a hoverfly nest I think? ,,,,,,,cheers marie

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George June 7, 2013 at 5:59 am

Hi Marie,

I will have a look on Monday after the school kids has gone! Cheers George

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