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Bombus pratorum, early bumblebee mating video 10/6/12

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Really strange thing happened today, did my bee walk and found a pair of mating B. pratorum on a leaf. Then when I went home, a short time later I was fortunate enough to film, guess what.. a pair of B.pratorum on my lawn!! I rescued a nest from destruction last month and housed it in my garden nest box. I wondered if they were from that. The recent poor weather saw them all huddled up together under a warm kapok blanket over the past few days and today earlier, the weather was sunny and warm. Freedom they shouted and darted out!!

Video here…  http://bit.ly/Kl5EZ0

cheers George Pilkington

     
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Hi George, fantastic video of the gorgeous early bumble’s. Love the male’s little moustache!!

Well spotted, thanks for sharing it with us bee lovers.

     
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Thanks Alibumble. I get great pleasure in sharing knowledge and videos!

Cheers George Pilkington

     
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Wonderful video, George.  Thanks for letting us all see this.
Am I alone in wondering why they don’t just stay in one place? Rambling and mating are a strange combination.