Where to Bumble Bees go for Christmas?

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Where do bumble bees go for Christmas?  Lapland? The Caribbean?

The answer is a lot closer to home and far less exotic!  Bumblebees will be hibernating.

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A queen bee can hibernate for up to 9 months, that's nearly three quarters of their life.  Hibernation for a queen bee is vital to protect her from the rigours of life above ground with the risk of predators, starvation of diseases.

In order to hibernate a Queen bumble bee will dig down about 10cm in well drained soil and make a little hole to spend the winter months and can survive temperatures down to minus 19.

It is thought that they normally choose a north facing bank to avoid flooding and to prevent the low winter sun on south facing banks bringing them out of hibernation before the spring arrives.