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tree bumblebees in a bird box


We have two nesting boxes on the house and garage wall. last year they both had blue tits in. This year we noticed some odd behaviour of bumblebees dancing around the entrance to the boxes. I have uploaded a photo. I think they are tree bumblebees, although these are a recent immigrant, starting in the new forest in 2001 and we are north of the Trent.

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  • DaintinessDaintiness EssexPosts: 977

    Yes, tree bees. It is common for them to use a bird box. I had them under some roof tiles above my front door a few years ago. They will move on and then you will be able to clear out the box for hopefully a different resident next year. Mine moved out toward the end of summer as I recall.

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Tree bumble bees? Not heard of those before. My friend has a nest in her honeysuckle on her house wall. Thought that was odd as thought bumble bees didn't make nests and lived individually in holes in the ground! Are they something new or am I just ignorant lol image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 66,332

    Yes, they're a new arrival to the UK and are working their way northwards with some alacrity - informative article here 

    Looks like they're 'A Good Thing' and will help pollinate early fruit blossom image

    Our neighbour appears to have some in his roof space and our garden is full of bees at the moment image

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  • patty3patty3 Posts: 129

    Yes i am happy to say'  i am leaving the dead heading because of so many bees in

    my borders.    But sadly no ladybirds!!

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,520

    patty I've hardly seen a ladybird in the last 4 or 5 years. They seem to have disappeared totally up here. Where have they all gone? There's a big concern just now about our bees but are ladybirds the next issue? 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I've got lots af various bumblies but very few honey bees, usually they're all over the viper's bugloss

  • DaintinessDaintiness EssexPosts: 977

    Fairygirl I have seen only 1 ladybird this year. (Essex) Very different from last few years.

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Thanks Dove now i know image Ladybirds are here in Hampshire but just a little late I tghink due to the weather this year. Have seen lots of larvae on plants.

  • i have also only seen one lady bird this yr in the early spring ,it was a twp spot,but nothing since.and no honey bees only bumble bees and the i have only just started to see butterflies and they are all the brown ones,nothing else.xx

  • I had bees in my Blue Tit box last year, they disappeared over winter, and the Blue Tits were back this Spring.  There are also bees in my Mothers Tit box, they must like it in there. Wont be doing anything about it, after all we need the bees, and they seem very buisy pollenating my tomatoes at the moment.

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