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  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

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PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:12 pm   Subject: Mister Bee
Wow artalis, you've gone mad with your posts, 3 in quick succession! It just goes to show how enthusiastic you are, which is very impressive. Not sure if the bee pics I took are male or female, but no ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:42 pm   Subject: Nest of Bumbleys
Hi everyone,

I have managed with the assistance of wifey to pull the grass back and take a picture of the nest of bumbleys in the tunnel. There are a lot more than I thought. Artalis, you mentione ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 11:38 pm   Subject: Bee or not to bee-that is the question
Bombus Lapidarius (The red tailed bumble bee) for the 1st one and I wonder if it could be a queen. I searched the web for a bee with a red tail and it came up with this one. Did you come to the same c ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:32 pm   Subject: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
Hi friends of bees, sorry no posts due to a chest infection and head cold, but I ventured into the tunnel today and the bumbleys are still active despite recent downpours, they seem very content in th ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:44 pm   Subject: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
Good afternoon guys, very busy for past 2 days hence no posts, so here goes.

Well done artalis, you put me on the right track identifying my bees. I am pretty sure (and please correct me if I'm wr ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:46 am   Subject: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
Well now walltoall, I think we have our answer. Not a bee at all by all accounts but it was fun while it lasted. I will now try and get a shot of the nest in the tunnel. I originally thought these wer ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:31 am   Subject: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
Check this link out guys:

http://www.glaucus.org.uk/Waterworks2005.html

and compare my bee no. 1 with the hoverfly (Volucella pellucens.) about a third the way down the page. Look very similar. ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:47 pm   Subject: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
I reckon he does because I snapped a picture of him/her (Bee 1) when the sun eventually come out. Not a great pic but an expert like walltoall should recognise this fella.
Also check out the identity ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:55 pm   Subject: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
Thanks for the interest artalis, it could be the 2nd bee picture, by the time I rushed in for the camera, of course it had gone. The forecast says sunny in the morning so he may be back and I'll be re ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:31 pm   Subject: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
Hi there guys, it's Monday again and I spend it recovering from another hectic weekend. Today in my tunnel I note that the bumble bee nest was still active and I leave 'em in peace. Good. It's such a ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:27 pm   Subject: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
Thanks for the info artalis. I think the best idea is leave them to their own devices and see how they get on and try not to disturb them too much.
I have lots of clover around the outside of the tun ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:17 pm   Subject: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
A lovely bee story artalis and thanks for the tips on flowers that bees like. I have several sage plants in the tunnel which are flowering and have blue flowers. There are a few nasturciums which are ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:29 pm   Subject: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
That's interesting SorchaBC because one of my lawns is absolutely full of clover this year! Plenty of nectar for my little bizzy bumbley's. So now, according to Walltoall's advice I should be looking ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:20 pm   Subject: Bizzy Bees
Thanks for all the encouragement. I bought a book by Ted Hooper called 'Guide to Bees and Honey' a couple of years ago which seems to be the definitive 'bee' book. I also know one or two Kerry beekeep ...
  Topic: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
steveb121

Replies: 55
Views: 47617

PostForum: Introduce yourself to the rest of the Irish gardeners   Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:10 pm   Subject: Bumble bee nest in tunnel
Thanks walltoall, Will keep you posted as to the progress of my little bumbly's and will now think seriously about starting a hive myself
 
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