Just wanted to comment that this year our garden is completely buzzing with various bumble varieties. We have lived here 12 years and never seen so many. Whilst I haven’t done a formal survey the numbers are huge compared to previous years. For the first time we have two bird nest boxes with tree bumblebees nesting in them.
WOW great news for you and the bumble’s. I put a nest box up but have had no takers :-( Thanks for sharing your great news.
We’ve got a large number of bumblebees in my area at present - a great relief after last year’s abysmal summer and the never-ending winter.
(High Wycombe in the Chilterns of Bucks.)
B pratorum workers and drones on Raspberries etc.
B lapidarius on Chives.
B. pascuorum on Vetch and Herb Robert.
B. hortorum on Aquilegia and Honeysuckle.
B. hypnorum on many flowers, but particularly Raspberry again.
A few B. terrestris / lucorum on Cotoneaster.