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4051 Views 3 Replies Last post: Feb 20, 2011 9:26 AM by John RSS
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Feb 9, 2011 11:04 AM

First Bee

I saw my first Bumble Bee yesterday ( 8th feb ). I haven't seen any Honey Bees yet. This is 3 weeks earlier than last year. ( I live in Leeds )
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    Feb 19, 2011 11:11 AM (in response to John)
    Re: First Bee
    A handful of our garden bumblebees, including the white-tailed and buff-tailed, are able to forage for pollen and nectar through the winter months. This is in part due to our increasingly mild winters and also the wider variety of winter flowering plants we grow in our gardens. In terms of phenology (the timing of natural events) the appearance of the first bumblebee queens has been getting earlier but this would still be well into March. Your sighting is probably a worker from a nest that is 'ticking over' rather than a queen emerging from hibernation.  
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