A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Bumble Bee

It is good to hear the insects around in the countryside now that spring is here.  This Bumble bee was making use of this early flowering Hellebore in our garden recently although Bumble bees seem to have been quite active throughout the winter in the Cotswolds this year. Bumble bees nest in the ground in colonies but drones and workers die off in autumn leaving only the queen to hibernate over the winter and start a new colony in spring.

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