Bumble Bees

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Bumble Bee

Common Family Name : Bees : Bumble Bee
Common Name: Bumble Bee
Latin Name: Bombus spp. and other genera
Common Family Name: Bees
Latin Family Name: Apidae

Origin of Bumble Bees:

There are a great many species of bumblebees that are native to North America.

Biology of Bumble Bees:

These are social bees that establish small colonies, using many kinds of available cavities. Nests may be in the ground, in hollow logs or trees, in walls or structures, or in other cavities they can find. Nests do not survive the winter months, but instead each colony is begun in the spring by a fertilized, hibernating queen. Colonies grow to a few hundred workers, sometimes more, by the end of the summer. Males and new queens are produced, mating takes place, and the males, the old queen, and all the workers die. The nest consists of wax “honey pots” that are filled with nectar, and adjacent cells that contain the eggs and larvae. The larvae feed on a paste of honey and pollen placed near them by the workers. The nest is often lined with grass or other dried plant material. The workers generally are not aggressive unless their colony is threatened.

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Bumble Bee Identification:

Bumblebees can usually be separated from other bees by their large size and densely hairy bodies, as well as by the compound eyes that are not hairy. Coloring is normally black with patches of yellow or orange hairs.

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Date: Wednesday, 6. January 2010 17:29
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    With all the research I have conducted, it says that smoking bees will make them decile. Well today I threw some mesquite wood in my smoker, and within 20 minutes my entire backyard was swarming with bees. They were observed to be flying directly in the smoke of the burning wood, and hanging right up on the charcoal smoker. Why is this? I thought bees didn’t like smoke?

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    Hi Brandon,
    Actually, I don’t think that smoking the bees really makes them docile per say, but beekeepers will use smoke for a couple of different reasons. The smoke actually triggers a feeding response for the bees. In other words, when they feel agitated by the smoke, they will take flight to abandon their nest but will first feed on the honey. This hinders them from using their stingers. Research has also said that the smoke masks or hides the pheromone signal that they release when threatened or when they are injured. This means, they are unable to alarm the other bees to attack. So, beekeepers don’t actually use smoke to get rid of bees. Instead, they use the smoke to easily maintain and manipulate the environment so that installing such things as new boxes or even removing hives are easier. Also, smoking bees may differentiate between species. Some species are generally calmer than others without feeling so threatened and so sometimes, smoke will can be used to easily manipulate them. Other species are naturally more aggressive and so they may be a bit more irritated, but smoke should not make them attack you. I’m not sure why the smoker wasn’t working for you, but you want to keep in mind that smoke is not really a repellent for bees. It’s much more controlled and manual that simply hanging a smoker. Also, you may want to consider using paper or pine instead of mesquite wood. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Will soap and water and kian pepper work to get rid of the bumbel bees….

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    We are not sure if soap and water will kill the bumble bees. It may knock them down or delay them. We do know, however, that because soap and water does not have any sort of residual which means that it will not have any type of lasting effect. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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