Submitted by AJ Cann on Thu, 10/01/2019 - 16:58

    Winter-active bumblebees (Maggie Frankum)
    Joined in the BSBI VC55 New Year Plant Hunt today [29.12.2018].  Watched several Buff-tailed bumbles [Bombus terrestris] workers with pollen loads, foraging at a Lonicera purpusei [winter honeysuckle- lemon scented] bush, on verge near corner of Freeman's Common Road and Putney Road West, Leicester. There must be an active nest somewhere nearby.  Weather dry and relatively mild.
    Has anyone else seen activity like this? 
    Maggie Frankum




    Submitted by Maggie Frankum on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 09:37


    Hi Melinda,  Well spotted!  Did your bumble worker have a pollen load?  Mahonia is another good bumble-friendly shrub that gardeners should grow to help their local bumbles.

    Keep watching!    Nothing here in my own garden...........


    Submitted by Melinda Bell on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 11:58


    Yes it was carrying pollen. We have several Mahonia and also 3 big plants of Daphne Jacqueline Postil coming into flower and some winter jasmine. All planted with insect nosh in mind. And to cheer us up in January!


    Submitted by Peter Smith on Sun, 13/01/2019 - 12:48


    There was a small, striped bumble bee on our winter honeysuckle in Cropston yesterday, despite the grey and wet weather.  Unfortunately, it flew off before I had time to attempt an ID or note whether it was carrying pollen. 

    Submitted by Maggie Frankum on Fri, 15/02/2019 - 09:03


    14.2.2019 -   Lunchtime sunshine. in my garden........FIRST Bombus hypnorum queen foraging Lonicera purpusei; also FIRST Bombus terrestris foraging Rosemary.

    Around 5pm  - weather duller & cooler  . another [or same] Bombus terrestris foraging Helebore corsica.


    Solitary bees - Anthophora plumipes should be putting in an appearance by the end of the month.