Insect Genetics Lab

Native Pollinator Outreach


Overwintered queen bumble bees search for nesting spots in early spring. One can provide them with a nesting site by putting one or more bumble bee boxes in your garden. If you are lucky (about 30% of the time) they will choose your box and raise their colony there.


How you can help bumble bees

Bumble bee research at the University of Arkansas

Bombus biology

Bumble bee rearing guide

Make a bumble bee house

Arkansas bumble bee survey

The bumble bees of Arkansas

Bumble Bee Nests for Gardeners

Bumble bee box plans by R. Welland from

Interior view of a bumble bee nest box

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Bombus griseocollis on spirea

Fayetteville AR

A. Szalanski