[NAFEX] Bumble aggression

Bruce Hansen brucehansen at acd.net
Mon Apr 21 15:34:07 EDT 2003


Re: [NAFEX] bumble bee as pollinatorBob:

I know a bumble bee. They are beautiful and as big as my thumb. They are
also docile, unless you disturb the nest, which is in the barn.

Bruce

z5 MI
  -----Original Message-----
  From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Bob Kelly
  Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 3:23 PM
  To: North American Fruit Explorers
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Bumble aggression


  We had them in the barn, also.  Different species.  Think they are
carpenter bees; they drill holes in bare wood for their nests.  Robber flies
also use their holes. ( We called robber-flies white-headed bumbebees, which
they are not since they are flies.)

  The ground-nesting BB's are much bigger and very hairy.

  Bob Kelly
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Bruce Hansen
    To: North American Fruit Explorers
    Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 2:06 PM
    Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Bumble aggression


    Bob:

    I have never found one in a hole. Mine live in the barn.

    Bruce z5, MI
      -----Original Message-----
      From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Bob Kelly
      Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 2:19 PM
      To: North American Fruit Explorers
      Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Bumble aggression


      Yeah, Gene.  That is more like my experience.  When growing up in the
Mississippi Delta, I can remember accidentally disturbing  bumblebee nests.
The sting would almost knock you down. (Like a hornet, I was told, tho I was
never stung by one of those.) While the sting was very potent, the pain did
not linger, the way a yellow jacket sting would (like for several days).

      Their procedure, when disturbed, was to emerge from their hole in the
ground, and begin flying in an ever widening circle at about 3 feet above
the ground.  Supposedly their vision is poor, so this is their search
procedure.  If one realized he had disturbed the nest, he had time to
retreat.

      Bob Kelly
      NW Mississippi Zone 7b

      ----- Original Message -----
        From: Gene Spears
        To: 'North American Fruit Explorers'
        Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 1:00 PM
        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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