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Bumblebee

Observed: 8th August 2009 By: vld91vld91’s reputation in Invertebratesvld91’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

small garden bumblebee

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Jonathan's picture

And the plant looks like

And the plant looks like Echinacea

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

devlin's picture

Bumble Bee

Lovely pictures.

Dave. Student FDa Conservation and Countryside Management.

Syrphus's picture

There are 2 or 3 bees in

There are 2 or 3 bees in these pictures (the one on the right may be the same as back left).

The one at the back left is a male Bombus terrestris, I am fairly certain.

The one at front left is extremely worn. I would not like to put a name to it at all. It might be hortorum, but it is in far too poor a state to be certain (it has lost most of the hair on the rear of the thorax and front of the gaster, and it does not show the face).

The one on the right appears to have the long face of B. hortorum, but does not show any yellow hair on the scutellum. It is also very worn. I would like another view of that one before attempting an ID.

Incidentally, 'common bumblebee' is not a name that anyone should use for any species. B. hortorum, if it is to be given any English name, should be 'Small Garden Bumblebee'.

M.

TRY

recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.