Our Tree Bumblebee nest became inactive a month or so ago. Today we have seen the Queen at the entrance looking very sluggish. Is this the old Queen or a new Queen?
Hi elsadog, hard to say but if she was sluggish it may be the old queen who will die when the nest ceases. However if the weather is cold it could be a new queen who is cold and needs food. Sorry i can’t be more help but thanks for your post.
I also had a hypnorum nest this year and around Sep/Oct I saw a sluggish queen sitting in the bush near the birdbox they had inhabited. Her thorax was quite bountiful with hair, so I don’t know if she was a new queen or the original… But it is interesting that we encountered the same things!