Posted on October 19, 2013
By Michael Griffiths
Sunrise: 07.42 Sunset: 06.05
Category: Wild Bees, Wild Plants, Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve, Wildlife Photography Tags: Bumble bee, Canon 500D DSLR camera., Canon EFS 60 mm f2.8 macro lens, Insects, Kidderminster, Macro photography, nature, Nature Photography., Photography, Stourport on Severn, Wild Plants, Wilden Marsh, Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve, wildlife photography, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Lovely furry ruff.
Beautiful. It seems late in the season for bumbles?
Bees will remain active for as long as they are able to gather food, and there are still flowering plants on the marsh, Emily.
I thought that most of the bumble nests had broken up by this time of year, with the workers and males dying off, leaving the queens to go into hibernation. Perhaps the warm autumn has encouraged some to go on later than usual.
It was on 16th September when I stumbled upon a new wild bees’ nest on the marsh last year http://mike585.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/bee-nest/ The reason the bees are still active at the moment, I guess, is partly because there are still flowering plants about, and also because of the warm weather.
Were they actually building comb? Something must have gone wrong with the swarm’s decision making process, or perhaps they just couldn’t find any suitable cavities on the marsh. I doubt they will have done well swarming that late in the year, poor things.
I arranged for the bees, together with some of the comb, to be transferred to a hive, Emily.
I think the bees just built the comb where the queen settled.
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Great news that the bees found a more suitable home.
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