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The Beepol Bumblebee Hive is a live colony of British Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris audax) designed for use in your own garden. Each colony comes with a Queen bee, around 60-70 workers, eggs and a food supply of sugar water housed underneath the colony.
Bumblebees are fantastic pollinators and are wonderful to observe at work in and around the garden. We expect each colony to last between 8-12 weeks, which is the general life cycle of British Bumblebee colonies. However new queens will be produced that will create colonies of their own in the local environment in subsequent years.
This specific colony is designed to fit inside one of our wooden Villas or Queen Beehives which provide the shelter needed for the colony to thrive.
Pre orders can be taken at any time and live bees will be delivered in season between May and July 2020. Delivery slots can be chosen in advance when ordering.
Beepol hives will naturally complete their life cycle after 2-3 months and do not overwinter. The lifespan is often dictated by its surroundings and can vary depending on weather and available pollen.
Hive box measurements - W- 24cm / H - 19.5cm / D - 27cm
*Please note these colonies do not fit inside the 2015-16 Lodge or Cabin