Bombus lapidarius nest in bird box

mauricebakerSeptember 10, 2013

This summer I have had a Red-tailed Bumble-bee nest in a blue tit nest box and watched the workers on sunny days gathering around the entrance hole and fanning their wings to circulate the air around the nest. Can someone pleas tell me if I want to encourage them to nest again next year whether I should clean out the old nest or leave it as it is in case the queen uses it to overwinter in. This year I have planted a lot more herbs and nectar giving plant in the garden to encourage insects and would love to have the bees nesting again next year.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I had them nest several times in boxes, can build them smaller and fill with insulation,..just for bumbles. I never had them nest twice in a row, ..I let the nest alone.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 11:47PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Where do bumblebees live?
I have hundreds of bumblebees ( ID'd from a photo in...
mason bees
This is the first time for me on this forum (usually...
Bee identification
This large bee was attacking honeybees and bumblebees...
Is this little thing really a bee?
This looks like a honey bee and wallows around in pollen...
Large quiet bee--ID?
Can anyone ID this bee? Coastal BC, today
Real LIfe Garden Solutions
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™