The Bumblebee is another of Natures pollinators,I love it when I start seeing bumblebees after a long cold winter,it tells me spring is here or at least close,because the bumblebee can fly at lower tempters than honey bees. Bumblebee’s are the first bees I see in spring.
We have a old wood picket fence around our front yard,and have a colony or two of Bumblebee’s that live in a few of the split pole fence logs.
When the new born’s Bumblebee’s come out for the first time ,and if you happen to be there for their first flight, its fun to watch them, they buzz around like they are drunk,flying with no direction,and running into thing like me,a few run out of energy from their first flights and land in the grass to rest,the trouble with them resting in the grass,they are then too easy for something to catch and kill them.They feed on the early bloomed flowers and clover,then when the fruit trees blossom,they are right there pollinating the fruit flowers, along with the bees.
What is a bumblebee?
Bumblebees are large, hairy social insects with a lazy buzz and clumsy, bumbling flight. Many of them are black and yellow,however, some species have orange or red on their bodies, or may be entirely black and along with ladybirds and butterflies are perhaps the only insects that almost everyone likes.
There are over 250 known species of Bumblebee’s, existing primarily in the Northern Hemisphere although they are common in New Zealand and in the Australian state of Tasmania.
Queen and worker bumblebees can sting, You don’t often see stings as bumblebees are reluctant to use them, and in all my years being around them I have never been stung.