Down here in the Bucks Chilterns, there are now a large number of BBs about.
On our Allotment there are many B. pratorum drones, also a few workers. The other common species are B. pascuorum and B. hypnorum; and many B. lapidarius are working the flowers on a big patch of Chives.
But I’m seeing rather few B. terrestris / lucorum - although there is a nest of terrestris in my garden ~250 m from the allotments.
In ythe garden there are B. hortorum working the Aquilegias, Foxgloves and also Yellow Flag (in the small pond).
There have also been a couple of probable Cuckoo drones working the Allotment Chives.
I’ve got some photos of them, but haven’t had time to work out what they are.
Glad to say there are lots of busy Bumbles around now including the appearance of Hypnorum on a Buddleja Globosa ... but there is a definate lack of Lapidarus! Is this a local trend (Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire) or is it the same elsewhere?
I’m seeing plenty of B. lapidarius workers, but until the last day or two there was a distinct dearth of B. terrestris / lucorum.
However, the pendulum has now swung and I am now seeing many more of them.
Wycombe, South Bucks - in the Chilterns.
Thanks everyone for your replies
So pleased to hear that our beautiful insects are now in abundence…....about time and well worth the wait
Hi , I’m new to this site, was trying to find an online survey for bumble bee activity. Reason being I have 4 nests in my garden and hundreds of bb the majority are small with a dot on their head and the other is the larger type ( sorry not an expert). I keep hearing of bees Declan and thought the activity in my garden may be of interest . I’m in Sevenoaks Kent.
Hello Jason n,
Welcome to the Forum ! I suspect that some of the Forum users would be green with envy to hear that you’ve got four nests !
Could it be that the bees with “dots on their heads” have actually been foraging in flowers that leave a blob of pollen on their heads / bodies ?
This could easily be the case if they have been working the creeping Campanula that is flowering well at the moment.
I suggets you take a quick look at the “About Bees” area of this website and see if you can work out which types you are the Landlord of.
Since the storms we had i’ve seen bumble bees everyday on a flowering plant in the garden, when its cool they are all over the plant all day approx. 30 plus and they are there until late some even sleep on the plant. We are in Marlborough
I have seen very few BB and have seen not a single one today and my garden is packed with bee friendly plants.
I have observed in my garden that bumblebee activity seems to peak in the evening or morning at the moment. I presume that the workers avoid foraging during the hottest part of the day ?
Has any else noticed when their foraging peaks are taking place ?
My first post here so excuse my lack of knowledge. I felt compelled to post because we,be had a great number of bees particularly on the foxgloves , cotoneaster and knautia but suddenly they have all disappeared en masse but for a few stragglers. The lavender is now flowering and we have planted almost exclusively for bees with bugloss, scabious, birds foot trefoil and many others but the bumblebees have fled. Could they just have a more plentiful source at the moment or should I be worried. We live on a farm in the countryside so could there be a better bet and they will be back when it,s done.
It’s the same here in Wokingham. Early in the season I saw lots of queens but despite the bee friendly flowers in our garden I have seen a handful at most. The bumbles I have seen we’re acting quite strangely, hovering over a flower for a second and then flying away rapidly. Previous years I have had countless numbers as many as 10 on one plant. Am a tad concerned. Where are all the bumble bees?!