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Piggy back bees

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Saw these tired looking bees in the garden. Were they mating? Gave them some sugar water which they seemed to enjoy.

     

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Yes, mating Tree bumblebees

     
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Hi DTHA,
Yes, Rimo is right.  This is what all those visiting B. hyp. males, dancing around in their drone cloud, are hoping for.  Do you have a nest in your garden?  Your newly mated queen will feed up and go into hibernation and the male will eventually die.  The drone cloud activity around my bird box nest has petered out.
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