[NAFEX] bumble bee as pollinator

Keith Benson kgbenson at mindspring.com
Sun Apr 27 10:41:29 EDT 2003

Many of the ground dwelling bumbles can be very aggressive.  there are a 
tremendous number of species ranging from docile to wasplike aggressive. 
 There are bumbles that use above ground nests (old mice nests are a 
favorite) and those that use underground nests.

Anyone ever try to culture these?

Check out:



Lon J. Rombough wrote:

> 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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