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.



Links:

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 http://www.stack.nl/~wjmb/interests/

Interior view of a bumble bee nest box

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Bombus griseocollis on spirea

Fayetteville AR

A. Szalanski