Raising Bumble Bees for the Home Gardner
Hello Garden Web Friends,
For the past few years, I have had much success raising Mason Bees here in Western New York. The mason bees are mostly for the pollination of my 2-in-1 cherry tree and my 14-in-1 apple tree. I also very much enjoy raising them as a hobby to spread to other local gardeners.
This year, I would also like to try my hand at raising Bumble Bees - in particular, the Common Eastern Bumble Bee "Bombus impatiens"
What I have obtained so far for my project is
*A Bumble Bee House with an observation window (Humble Bumble Home)
*Organic Honeybee pollen (pre ground into a fine powder).
*Cotton dental rolls to use as nectar wicks with a nectar cup.
I basically plan on capturing a queen in early spring. The queen would then be placed into the bee house with the opening corked off. The house would be kept inside my home for the time being. I would place the nectar solution (50/50 sugar & water) and pollen balls (made from pollen and nectar into a paste).
Once the first brood of worker offspring is established, the Bumble Bee house would then be placed outside. Below is a video of the process that I came across.
(The narrators voice is a bit much - sorry)
Has anyone had any experience creating a Bumble Bee colony from captive queens? Any problems, or suggestions with the method as outlined above?
Any input would be greatly appreciated!