Spring is when they are about feeding off the early flowers and blossom. They are an essential to many fruits and crops for pollination. This is why at PEST UK we will always look to see if a nest or swarm can be moved rather than destroyed. We are realistic though and realise that in many cases this is not possible so we can destroy a nest. They are not protected and as long as dealt with in a certain manor taking precautions (such as ensuring there are no bee hives nearby) we can treat a nest or swarm.
Bumbles are the first to emerge after the Winter. They follow a similar life cycle to wasps. Only the fertilised Queens survive the Winter. These Queens find a hole in the ground or cavity in a building and start a nest. They lay eggs which hatch into grubs, which in turn pupate into worker bees. Workers (and wasps) are sterile females. Bumbles are the hardiest of the bees, some species even inhabit the arctic.
Mining & Mason Bees
These do not have workers and queens, all of the females are fertile and lay eggs. They are called ‘solitary’ although they nest in groups. Mining bees make holes in the soils where the female lays eggs. The holes are packed with pollen and sealed. The eggs hatch into grubs and feed on the pollen before pupating and turning into adults. Masons take advantage of soft pointing in brickwork or existing holes in walls to lay their eggs.
These can form massive nests numbering in the thousands. All forms (males, females and sterile females which are Drones, Queens and workers) overwinter and build up stores of honey to enable them to do this. They are semi domesticated. This makes them more prone to diseases than wild bees. They can be easily moved if caught in a ‘swarm’.
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