Friday, 10 March 2017

We had a beautiful day here yesterday at St Abb's Head. Down by the Mire Loch it was warm and sunny and I spotted my first queen bumblebee of the year (a Buff-tailed Bumblebee, I think). Queen bumblebees have been hibernating over the winter and will now be emerging and, after stocking up on some nectar, looking for a suitable site to build their nest, usually under the ground, in tussocks of grass or even in bird boxes. This is why you sometimes see bumblebees in spring flying very close to the ground, as if looking for something, but ignoring any flowers they come across. Lizy

Bumblebee queen soaking up the sun

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