Those queen’s who make an autumn nest. My question is, what happens to them?
Will they stay in the nest when the weather turns cold, or will they leave the nest and try to hibernate?
Are these late nests formed from this years new queens or last years queens?
Would love to know if anyone has any ideas i’d be pleased to hear them. Thanks for reading
Good question! Some bumblebees actually do nest through the winter, and can even be seen foraging when it’s freezing outside. If there are enough plants around (things like Mahonia) they can survive quite happily. There’s a bit more information about this on the BWARS website here: http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=content/winter-active-bombus-terrestris-data-gathering
I hope this helps,
Anthony (BBCT outreach officer)
Thanks so much Anthony