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May 17, 2014 9:28 PM

Please help identify these bees?

Sorry i dont seam to be able to flag as a question. I hope it still gets noticed.

 

Hello,

 

 

I have some bees nesting in a hole in my wall. Well, I assume they are nesting in the cavity. My initial reaction was to block the hole up and do all necessary to remove them. Luckily though i thought i would research first and I'm glad that i did. I always thought that a nest of bees anywhere around your house was bad news. Turns out this is wrong as long as they are the correct type of bees.

 

 

I am hoping that i have bumble bees and not honey bees. Please can someone kindly clarify the type of bees they are?

 

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There seams to only be around 10 - 15. they seam clumsy and dosile. More than happy to have some more pets around the house

 

Thanks

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    May 17, 2014 10:50 PM (in response to james)
    Re: Please help identify these bees?

    Hi

     

    From what I can see its a White Tailed Bumble Bee on an aside whats wrong about Honey Bees

     

    Steve

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    May 17, 2014 11:15 PM (in response to james)
    Re: Please help identify these bees?

    From the photo it looks to me that they may be Tree Bees Bombus hypnorum (brown thorax, black abdomen with white tip).

    It may be helpful to have a look at this link and the info sheet that it links to:

    http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=bee/apidae/bombus-hypnorum

     

    The tree bee has been expanding its range in the UK in recent years -  they have a liking for vacant bird nest boxes among other above-ground sites.

     

    I've read anecdotally that they can be a little bit more temperamental than other bumblebees but I don't know how common this is. I once inadvertently, and very briefly, put my head quite close to a garden bird box that was host to an active colony; they very quickly noticed the intrusion and a group of them were immediately buzzing around me but as soon as I backed off they returned to their business and were a bother to no-one. Having not imposed myself before on any other bumblebee nest I couldn't say whether this is typical or not!

     

    Chris

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