A sure sign of approaching spring...
As the cold weather subsides, out come the overwintering queen bumble bees. They're gathering nectar and pollen, building their nests and laying eggs.
Lynn Kimsey, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department...
Queen Bumble Bee
QUEEN BUMBLE BEE--The queen bumble bees are out again, after overwintering. Entomologist Lynn Kimsey found this young queen in Briggs Hall on the UC Davis campus yesterday. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
BUMBLE BEES occasionally build their nests in birdhouses. Here a Bombus melanopygus in a birdhouse last year on the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility grounds heads out. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)