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No one likes getting stung, but if bumblebees are making a home in your backyard, we’ve got some good news. Unlike some bee species, bumblebees aren’t aggressive and won’t usually sting unless they feel threatened. However, a bumblebee can sting repeatedly because there are no barbs on their stingers.
There are about 250 species of bumblebees but most share these characteristics:
Bumblebees usually live in underground nests, often in tunnels built by other animals, and their colonies have fewer than 50 members. Queens, which are twice as large as the worker bees, prepare a new nest each spring, creating cells and then laying worker eggs and collecting nectar to feed them.
Once the workers hatch, they collect both nectar and pollen from flowers and take them back to the nest to feed other colony members. They’re efficient at this job because they can detect the pattern of electrical fields on flowers, which tells them if another bee has visited the flower and gathered the pollen.
Only the queen bee lives through the winter; the workers and drones die off as the weather becomes colder.
Over the last decade, the number of bumblebees has been declining. No one is exactly sure of the reason, although the cause has been attributed to a virus that is attacking the bees and/or climate change. The disappearance of bumblebees is of concern to farmers, who rely on them to pollinate their crops.
If you do have a bumblebee colony in your yard, your best course of action is to leave the nest alone and keep children and pests away.
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