BOMBUS terrestris has been developed as a unique alternative to manual pollination. Several advantages arise due to the development of natural pollination. For example, decrease of labor costs, increased production and quality improvement. Depending on the crop, bumblebees are used in various ways. The difference is, among other things, the number of bumblebees and ratio of eggs and larvae.
Life cycle and relative effectiveness
A bumblebee queen arises after a period of rest, searching for food. At the same time, she is looking for a suitable nest to found a colony of bumblebees. During the creation of a colony, the bumblebee queen collects nectar and pollen to provide food. After a while this work will be done by new born bumblebees and the bumblebee queen will focus on egg production. Due to this, the other bumblebees must collect pollen and nectar resulting in pollinating flowers.
A bumblebee colony will be supplied with various numbers, depending on demand. A colony has the ability to develop itself up to 150 – 450 bumblebees.
The box is developed by Biopol Natural and constructed with environmentally friendly components. Inner and outer dimensions are especially developed. The colony can develop fine and has the ability to operate at full power. Thanks to the sophisticated construction, optimal ventilation will contribute to an optimal development of the bumblebees.
Bumblebee colonies require special manufactured nutrition, especially in case of crops with no nectar production. This nutrient solution, available within the box, is enough for the entire pollination period.