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Bumble bees

10090 W 27th Ave Wheat Ridge CO 80215
720-621-7305 open Monday through Saturday 12pm to 7pm Sundays 12pm to 5pm
                                 
Bumble Bees 

 Join me in an independent study on using mouse urine scent in bumblebee habitats to attract emerging spring bumblebee queens.
e-mail greg@dakotabees.com for more details.


 After fours years of no bumblebee queens occupying any of the habitats I have placed in the Denver Metro area. I think I found the reason. Bumblebees use old mouse nests for there habitat and they are attracted to the urine orders in the mouse nest. As bad as a mouse nest smells the bumblebees do not seam to mind. In fact the last removal I did I notice the only way the bumblebee queen could have found this old mouse nest was through order. I plan on collecting used mouse nesting materials from a local pet shop. Then using it to line the bottom of all of my habitats I am confidant that this will bring the queens to the habitats.

Bumblebees are one of natures best pollinators and can be found through out North America. They are used for pollination services in green houses for the pollination of tamato , cucumbers, peppers and other crops. Bumblebees like honey bees are in decline help these bees out by providing simple habitat and limiting the use of pesticides.

There are 23 species of bumblebees found in Colorado the most common is Bobus Hunti known for its orange band. These bees can be found at mountain elevations as well as the plains. Unlike honey bees bumblebees are native to North America.

Here is an easy to make bumblebee habitat using a card board nuc box a scrap piece of card board as a divider and burlap bag scraps. Place old mouse nesting materials under the burlap. I have kept rescued bumblebee nests in this set up with good results. Join us in the bumblebee study. 


www.colostate.edu/dept/bspm/.../Bumble%20Bees.pdf

The below link is a link to the Western Bumblebee Identification Guide

The photo below is a bumble bee nest taken from an insulated wall the insulation was remove after the bumble bees were done with the hive. It was built in an old mouse nest. It about 3 1/2" x 4" x 2 1/2" it contains about 125 sepporate cells and nector cups.
Below is a photo of a Bumblebee in our bee garden. Taken 7/11/2012 



 

 




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