Bumblebees in late November

A colleague just told me that  he had a fright on Saturday night when he hard a noisy buzzing sound coming from his right shoulder. He run into the garden, pulled off his jumper in a panic (he is not a beekeeper) and shook the jumper until a large bumblebee fell to the ground. It was sunny during the day in London, so I assume she’d be lured out of her nest by the warm rays and then ended up in his house later attracted by the central heating. She would obvioulsy die from the cold after being shaken from my colleagues jumper, so this mild weather can’t be good for the bumblebee population. Yet bees have been around for millions of year and this can’t be the only warm November they’ve experienced. So let’s hope they’ll be OK.

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  1. Tim Everitt

    Just heard buzzing from Strawberry tree (arbutus unedo) in back garden. It turned out to be two very active bumblebees moving quite quickly around the bush between blossoms.
    We live in Surrey 500 ft ASL on North Downs – outside temp 6 C.

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