Just a warning

Mark Morton

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Maybe a few of you have come across this new continental strain of bumblebee. Large, chestnut colour thorax and black body and if you get close enough, which you do not want to do, there is a small white dot.
I have a nest in my yard and rang a friend who is a vermin control specialist.
He told me to keep my distance as these bees are more aggressive than wasps or hornets. You can recognise a nest by the 30 or 40 bees hovering around the entrance, unlike normal bumblebee nests. He is getting upwards of twenty calls a day about them. I have left my nest alone because bees in general do a lot of good in the countryside and where they are they are not causing us a problem.
I know this isn't fishing related as such but you may just walk up on one alongside the river. Take care.
 

tartan troot

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it may not be fishing related but a think anglers in general are interested in whats goin on around them when were out an about so thanks for the info :):thumbs::thumbs:
 

Mark Morton

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Are they any threat to our native bees? If they are, It's worth getting rid.

Not to my knowledge and my friend the vermin man is a true countryman and bee keeper and on many of his call outs he manages to persuade the caller to leave them alone and they will go away in about four weeks. If they did pose a danger he would knock them no problem. I haven't seen any around my property on flowers etc., my big problem with my native bumblebees is badgers . I have had seven nest destroyed this year alone and fifteen last year on ten acres of conservation woodland, so may not see any next year.:(
 
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