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Buff-tailed Bumble Bee with mites?

Observed: 14th March 2011 By: Sue HendrieSue Hendrie’s reputation in InvertebratesSue Hendrie’s reputation in InvertebratesSue Hendrie’s reputation in InvertebratesSue Hendrie’s reputation in Invertebrates
 Buff-tailed Bumble Bee with mites?
Description:

I think this is a Buff-tailed Bumble Bee but don't know much about bees. Does anyone know whether what I have photographed are mites under its wing and if so whether they will eventually kill it?

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Sue Hendrie's picture

Thanks for the ID

I'm glad that the mites won't be harmful. Trying to wash them off would, I think, justify a severe stinging!

Sue Hendrie

alcon_blue's picture

early?

seems very early for a cuckoo bumblebee, do they not emerge late when the host colonies are established?

Syrphus's picture

I don't know what the timing

I don't know what the timing is in the south. They typically emerge after their hosts, and certainly don't establish nests until the host has brood. However, just like 'normal' bumbles, they can be encouraged out of hibernation by warm weather earlier than is appropriate. Normal bumbles often emerge before there is any forage out for them. It is the same sort of thing - nature is not perfect!

M.

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