[NAFEX] Bumble aggression

Bruce Hansen brucehansen at acd.net
Mon Apr 21 15:06:36 EDT 2003


Re: [NAFEX] bumble bee as pollinatorHey, Gene, I hear you.

Bruce

z5 MI
  -----Original Message-----
  From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Gene Spears
  Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 2:01 PM
  To: 'North American Fruit Explorers'
  Subject: [NAFEX] Bumble aggression


      In my experience, disturbing a wild bumblebee nest is a "stimulating"
event.  Sometimes, I'll accidentally scythe around a nest entrance & get an
unexpected bit of sprint training, usually after a very painful sting or
two.  Not quite as bad as yellow jackets for mass attacks, but still pretty
aggressive....

  gene
  spears at lmc.edu
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Lon J. Rombough [mailto:lonrom at hevanet.com]
    Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 1:53 PM
    To: North American Fruit Explorers
    Subject: Re: [NAFEX] bumble bee as pollinator


    That's the most aggressive behavior I've ever heard of in bumble bees.
Are you sure you didn't have a species of underground living wasp?
    -Lon Rombough


      From: "Bruce Hansen" <brucehansen at acd.net>
      Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
      Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 13:49:38 -0400
      To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
      Subject: RE: [NAFEX] bumble bee as pollinator

      Mark:

      I have found a similar thing with bumble bees. However, if you disturb
their
      nest they will chase you. I did this and was chased from the barn to
the
      house (100 yds)where, to escape, I closed the screen door behind me.
The bee
      buzzed the screen several times and then waited for me to come out.


    Bruce z5 MI
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