Talkback: Identifying bumblebees

kparrykparry Posts: 3
Love to see bees in my garden, they are now busy getting my broadbeans polenated, should have a bumper crop.


  • Bumblebees are lovely but not the brightest on the block. Why does it take me so long to get one out of my greenhouse when the door is wide open?
  • Last year I had many black, grey and white miner bees in my vegetable plot. I had never seen them before and was fascinated.
    Last Year i drilled a whole load of 15mm & 20mm holes in two 1 meter lenghs of timber fence post. Even though they were pressure treated i had approximatley twenty bees in each hotel. The slowly emerging Bees look fine. photos can be suplied on request.
    Mark Neal
  • We have a Laburnum (hope I spelt that right) in full flower at the moment. We call it our humming tree because there are that many bees in it.Love them.
  • I love this feature only hope our bee population doesn't deminnish any further, I saw a programme that blames nicotine substances in products that people use on the gardens and fields, it stands to reason if nicotine kills people, what chance does a BEE stand. hope people work this one out before it is too late
  • It is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo important to maintain bee populations.
    Without them pollination will not happen.
    If plants are not pollinated they will become extinct.
    If plants die ultimately what chance for us, the human race?
    The current decline in bee population is yet another indicator of how we are trashing our planet.
    Encourage bees!
    So many gardens - so much opportunity for bees.
    Without them it is the beginning of the end!!!
  • I live in Scotland and am very concerned about the loss of Bees in our area. My Husband and I have seen many dead Bumblebees, he observed about 12 in one day on a grassy bank just down from our house. All of these were of the White-tailed variety. On a more positive note we have seen other varieties thriving in our fruit trees in the garden. I hope that the cause of the decline in Bee populations can be determined and a solution found soon.
  • Environmental charity Central Scotland Forest Trust is giving away packs of wildflower seeds to residents of the Central Scotland Forest to help provide habitats for bumblebees. Visit to register for your free pack of seeds. Limited stocks available. Please include your full name and address including postcode. Giveaway limited to residents of the Central Scotland Forest area - includes North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, Falkirk & West Lothian.
  • Thank you so much for all the info about bumblebees. Yesterday, we cleared away no less than 7 dead bumbles from our kitchen windowsill!! How sad; they fly in the back door and as has been said, it is just so frustrating to try and manouevre them to safety, or try and capture them gently in order to release them...

    I am determined to learn how to identify the many which visit us to record them before the deadline. Thank you again for the wonderful info about these beautiful creatures.
  • we are now the proud owners of a bees nest under our roof soffits. I noticed them a few weeks ago and was a little concerned as the entrance to their abode is right by my young daughters bedroom window. So far, not one of them has lost their way into the entance of their abode and found their way inside the bedroom.
    Its wonderful to be able to watch the comings and goings of these beautiful and essential insects I would love to be a fly on the wall and see what was going on in there!
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