Tree bumblebees (B. hypnorum) on the night shift! – video

August 29, 2013

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

Tree bumblebees in nest working at night!

We often see bumblebees going in and out of their nests during the day. But what do they do at night? This was filmed mid June and mid July with a noticeable lack of activity in July. This nest fell victim to the wax moth, aphomia sociella, as did my other tree bumblebee nest box also in a bird nest box.

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For more information and to help save bumblebees join the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

You can download a detailed B. hypnorum information sheet here from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust written by Clive Hill

BWARS are recording the spread of B. hypnorum which you can submit a record here and join here

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Kit Welchman September 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

Thanks George,
I’d always assumed that bumble bees slept at night!
Are the very small whitish moths that appear occasionally in the film wax moths?


nurturingnature September 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Hi Kit, In this particular video no wax moth larvae… a few bathroom flies and other small flies. More to follow..including wax moth larvae! Cheers George


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