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Bombus pratorum

Observed: 4th May 2011 By: moongirl01moongirl01’s reputation in Invertebratesmoongirl01’s reputation in Invertebratesmoongirl01’s reputation in Invertebratesmoongirl01’s reputation in Invertebrates
Misc8 956
Description:

I think this is a Bombus pratorum (although the tail of the bee in the photo looks more orange than red to me, but maybe that's just a trick of the light!)

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Early Bumble Bee (Bombus (Pyrobombus) pratorum) interacts

Comments

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worker

This is a worker - they are abundant on Ceanothus at Reading Uni at the moment (along with scores of B. hypnorum). I had the first reports of males yesterday - about 3 weeks earlier than usual)

Stuart
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moongirl01's picture

We usually get a lot of these

We usually get a lot of these each year as well (I was just a bit confused as the colour looked strange - although, to be honest, the colour looks less odd now than it did when I looked on my camera screen!) B. pratorum workers seem to particularly enjoy bramble flowers and cotoneaster each summer. Interesting to hear that you've been seeing lots of B. hypnorum too. Do you think they are more plentiful this year than usual as I've had more sightings than ever before?