Yesterday I was asked to look at a bees nest in someone’s compost heap on our allotments. I happily had a look and established that it was a bumblebee nest (smallish, furry with white bottoms). The owner of the heap had probably been poking at them but they didn’t seem too bothered. Then one landed on my lip and stung me! Bother!
Not wanting to make a fuss I just went to my patch and rubbed it with comfrey and looked up the web when I got home (probably Bombus terrestris). It seems bumblebees can sting many times and actively defend their nest – well, so would I! – so I was probably too close anyway.
Thought I’d got over it but woke up this morning looking distinctively clownish! (I won’t add a photo, you’ll be relieved to hear.) Actually, I bear a striking resemblance to the actress Celia Imrie.
Hope that Mohammed (compost owner) can leave them in peace. I certainly will!