The Flight of the Bumblebee

“Well, now, my bumblebee, go on a spree…

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catch up with the ship on the sea,
go down secretly,
get deep into a crack.”

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It scans better in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian and not really sure why the bee wants to catch up with a ship.

Anyway…

As reported previously, the luscious crocus blooms

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have been an irresistible snack for our bees

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But over the last couple of days they have been joined by a visitor

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The Queen Buff-tail Bumblebee… (just look at that lovely buff bum)…

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hibernates and then emerges now as temperatures rise. She goes foraging to replenish her energy reserves, used up over winter.

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She is carrying some mites

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But unlike the disease spreading Varroa mites infecting honey bees that can give us cause for concern these mites that are found on bumblebees are different and generally completely harmless. They are detritivores that live in the bumblebee nests, eating old wax and general bee generated rubbish; when the nests are abandoned over winter this causes a problem for the mites, so they hitch a ride on queen bumblebees to get to the next active nest.

So, as she clambers from bloom to bloom

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We wish her, and her hitchhikers, well

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