Bur­row­ing bum­ble­bees

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - OUTDOORS -

It is com­mon for only bum­ble­bee queens to sur­vive the win­ter. To do this they seek a shel­tered place and en­ter a state of tor­por to sur­vive the win­ter. Queens bury them­selves in well-drained soil on north­fac­ing banks, re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of the win­ter sun warm­ing the soil and wak­ing them. In gar­dens, com­post heaps and pot­ted plants can meet these re­quire­ments. Gar­den­ers some­times dis­turb over­win­ter­ing queens. If this hap­pens and the bee re­mains docile, loosely cover her up again, so she can dig her way out in the spring. If the bee is very ac­tive help her on her way by feed­ing her a sugar so­lu­tion.

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