How do you catch a bumblebee?
March or April is a good time to catch bumblebees. Look out for bumblebees flying in your area - they are only queens. You can recognise the right queen bumblebee by the way she flies low to the ground or near walls, looking for cracks where she occasionally flies in and out - looking for a nest. Do not disturb bumblebees sitting on a flower - they are collecting pollen and have already built a nest.
Carefully place the right queen on the floor or against the wall. Lift the top of the net and the queen will fly upwards. When she reaches the top, attach the trap and carefully pull the queen in. It is best if she grows on her own. Tilt the trap so that the queen does not fly away.
Move the trap to the entrance of the bumblebee. If the queen does not climb over on her own, slowly press the plunger to bring her into the bumblebee house. When she gets in, close the entrance for a few minutes so that the light does not lure her back.
Handling the queen bumblebee should be done as carefully and quickly as possible, as it is very important to minimise her stress.
After you have opened the entrance, keep a close eye on the bumblebee. The queen usually flies out after 5-30 minutes.