Dying Bumble Bees

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5 years 9 months ago #526001 by Blueberry
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we seem to be finding dead and dying bumble bees all over the place lately. Anyone else found that?

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5 years 9 months ago #526010 by muri
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Bumble bees are particularly susceptible to sprays so perhaps you are seeing the results of someone using chemicals in your area?

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5 years 9 months ago #526035 by jeannielea
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try Googling it. They do die but not usually in large numbers. Could be wet cold weather and not enough feed?

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5 years 9 months ago #526149 by Blueberry
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i have google it, so i learned that the queens have a live span of 6 - 8 weeks - mayhap every bumble bee queen came out of hiding in early August??

there's hundreds of flowering trees on our property - starving is not an option. nor do they have to fly far for food, and we don't spray our 50 acres.

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5 years 9 months ago #526155 by jeannielea
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So maybe they are the victims of some kind of spray that someone near you has used. Or do bumble bees get varroa? Though I think they die in the hive with that. Check if there is a beekeeping club in your area and give them a call.

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5 years 9 months ago - 5 years 9 months ago #526203 by morioka
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No that's not right, the queens are produced in the autumn, mate and will hibernate over winter. They emerge in spring to start looking for a nesting site, once found and if the queen is strong and there is plenty of food she will live well into the next summer giving them a lifespan of up to 9 months or so. Large hives can easily produce over 500 workers, drones and queens in a season. Workers and drone bees do have a shorter lifespan though. Are the bees you are finding queens (big) or workers (small)? If it is the queens it is not likely to be spray( especially this time of the year) but maybe they have come out of hibernation and got a bit cold/wet/hungry or have a disease . BB's can also get mites (not varroa) which can be very debilitating.
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