Field domiciles for bumblebees


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Provide artificial nest sites for bumblebees

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  1. Provide artificial nest sites for bumblebees

    A trial of 172 nest boxes of six types (unequally replicated), carried out on farms in Wisconsin, USA in 1953, showed that bumblebees will nest in wooden nest boxes or half-buried flower pots at the surface, wooden boxes attached to buildings 1 m above ground, or in metal cans or roof tile enclosures buried underground (Fye & Medler 1954). Flax straw, old mouse nests or felt were added as bedding. Overall, 34% of the nest boxes were occupied, by five species of bumblebee, including three now thought to be declining in some parts of North America (Xerces Society 2008): the red-belted bumblebee Bombus rufocinctus, the yellow bumblebee B. fervidus and the half-black bumblebee B. vagans.

    Additional reference

    Xerces Society (2008) Bumblebees in decline. Invertebrate conservation fact sheet. Available at Accessed 2 December 2009.

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