We've recently found bees in our loft and was hoping someone could advise what type it is and what we can do about them.
We're concerned about our new guests as we have a young toddler and we're having work done on the roof in the next couple of weeks, and the one photographed below was a little confrontational in an all buzz and no sting way.
Sorry for the grainy image but this was a buzzy one.
Any advice will be appreciated.
It is one of the Bumble Bees http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bumblebee Sorry I do not know the species I have been in close contact with them for years and they have never been agressive
Yes, and I think it might be Bombus ruderatus.
Have a look at the photos on this page, noting that its appearance is rather variable.
Also check the distribution map (you don't state where you saw it).
Also consider B. ruderarius
white tailed, (tree bees as a common name here in sunny notts)
i often get calls for these in lofts, 90% of the time after a short biology lesseon the clients are happly live with them, rather than destruction. On 2 occasions last year, the bees had to go so rather than kill these i simply removed the nest, including a small amount of insulation and took them home to live on my garden from inside a cardboard box.
another job was a nest in a bird box, i simply bagged up the box and bees then took them home... live with nature.
This is an area where common names can get in the way somewhat.
- Tree bee: commonly used for Bombus hypnorum
- White tailed bumblebee: most commonly used to refer to Bombus lucorum
But there are actually several species with white tails; here's a chart of the commoner species
- http://www.nhbs.com/images/jackets_resizer_xlarge/12/123152.jpg (it happens not to include B. hypnorum)
- I can't rule out Bombus hypnorum, but to me your specimen does not have a ginger-enough thorax
(good account here - http://bumblebeeconservation.org/images/uploads/Tree_bee_article.pdf,
- Of the white-tailed species, I favour Bombus ruderatus or ruderarius (as in my previous post)
Thanks very much for your responses.
We're in Birmingham, West Midlands.
The bees were more ginger in colour than the photos look.
As I mentioned we're due to have some work done on the roof, how long would you guys expect these bees to hang around?