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Rural Gardening: Buying bumblebees

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Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2008
11:18 PM

Post #5237769

I'm thinking of buying an artificial hive of bumblebees to help pollinate my garden.

Does anyone have experience with these? They seem to be marketed to greenhouse growers, but can they be placed outside in the garden, and will they naturalize?
Williamsburg, MI
(Zone 4b)

July 11, 2008
2:42 AM

Post #5238930

Bumble Bees? I've never heard of buying them. Tell me more, I'm intrigued.
Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 11, 2008
2:50 AM

Post #5238982
Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 12, 2008
2:05 AM

Post #5244283

I found this paper online.

It raises some concerns.

The species I've been considering is B impatiens, which is native to this area, but they seem to be suggesting that problems with parasites might occur if the bees are released into the garden, which is what I have in mind.

CA and some other western states have prohibited imports of B impatiens.

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