There are lots of bumble bee queens looking around for a place to call home right now. Why not try to create a home they may like? I’ve read that, statistically, for people who study this sort of thing bumble bees only use about 30% of the homes humans try to make. Well, then I better make more than one!
I learned some tips from this video by David Goulsom, founder of the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust.
In nature, bumble bees often build nests in abandoned mammal holes. To approximate the insulation scientists say they like, I used dryer lint. (I haven’t bought any new clothes lately, so hopefully my lint isn’t toxic. I also wear natural clothes and organic when possible, but that’s surely something to think about. Don’t use your dryer lint if you use fabric softener!)
I did three different designs in a sunny spot (the featured image above.) One is ground level, two are dug down into the ground. I also built one in to a shaded hillside.
I don’t know yet if the queens will choose to live in these spots, but I thought I’d share how to do it in case you’d like to build your own.
Now is the time!
This queen spent quite a bit of time drinking from the flower I placed by the front door, retreating into the house , and then coming back to drink more! I hope she makes it her new nest — time will tell.