Jack Demp's picture

Bumble bee constantly walking and not flying

Hi all. Just seen a bumble bee for the last 10 minutes walking across the lawn. It's Shows no interest in flying and is constantly moving and searching. I carefully moved the bumble bee to some garden flowers and immediately started feeding.

I wondered what would explain this behaviour. Surely it's easier to flying to a nectar source rather than walk. I guess the bumble bee was exhausted. Your views and thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks



WS159's picture

Yes,they do this when

Yes,they do this when exhausted with cold or hunger. Walking takes a lot less energy than flying. Glad you managed to rescue it.

Fenwickfield's picture


they need to warm there body before they can fly and this weather were having is playing havoc with them I also say it is the best thing if you can get them onto a food source I sometimes let them stay on my hand until they warm up as they need heat and they won't sting you.


Jack Demp's picture

Thanks for your comments

Very helpful and much appreciated.