Keeping Bees Busy

Bumble bee

Bumble bee hovers near bee balm

Bumblebees colonies can be purchased commercially.   Bumblebee colonies are used primarily by commercial greenhouse plant producers to enhance pollination of their plants.  The colony is shipped with an artificial nectar to provide the bees with food and water during shipment. Bumblebees do not live by nectar alone. The brood needs pollen to develop which is absent from the brood box. The bumblebees must leave the nest to collect the pollen from nearby plants in the greenhouse. Proper management of the bumblebee nests can keep the bees contented and busy pollinating.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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2 Responses to Keeping Bees Busy

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  2. “Proper management of the bumblebee nests can keep the bees contented and busy pollinating.”-You’re right,I am learning a lot from your blog.Please keep updating with new contents as oftenly as you can.We’re small pest control company in south Europe and we’ve learned a lot from your great blog.Good job.Ljubisa T.Cakic.Pest-Global Group ltd,Serbia State,Europe.

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