Bumble Bee

Bumblebee

In comparison with other pollinating insects like honeybees, bumblebees are very effective pollinators.

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Nature’s most industrious pollinator, the bumblebee (Bombus impatiens) facilitates the fruiting of a number of vegetables and tree fruits. Intensive bee pollination of this kind results in greater yields of everything from tomatoes and peppers to strawberries and cherries. In this sense, bumblebees helps feed the world.

Shop our large selection of beneficial insects, including bumble bees, at Planet Natural. One garden hive — 45 to 60 workers — covers up to 5,000 square feet and costs $159.95 with UPS Express shipping included!

Bumble bees carry large pollen baskets on their hind legs. Pollen will also cling to their hairy abdomens to be deposited during their successive visits from blossom to blossom before returning to their hives. Hives are a place of communal activity where the gathered pollen is converted to food, offspring are fed, and the hive itself enlarged as food sources increase during the flowering season. It’s well know that these pollinators, like other social fauna, will defend their home from intruders. They also keep it cool during hot weather by aligning themselves in staggered lines and using their wings to fan the hive. Bumblebees are among nature’s most fascinating — and necessary — creatures.

HOW TO RELEASE:

  • Place the hive 1-3 feet above the ground, in a protected area. Do NOT place the hive in the foliage!
  • After placement, let the hive calm down for about 1 hour before opening the flight hole.
  • Whenever possible, open flight hole when ventilation windows are closed (early evening) to prevent loss of workers.

Note: Each hive contains the colony with brood (pupae, eggs and larvae) and sugar solution.

Bombus impatiensMinipol Garden HiveCollecting Pollen