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Bumblebee

Observed: 26th May 2011 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

I would not describe the bands on this bee as lemon-yellow (B. lucorum) or the face as elongated (B. hortorum). The facial hair is not yellow, as in the case of B. lucorum males. So, I think this is probably a worker or male of B. terrestris.

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Comments

eucera's picture

barbutellus

Might this be B. barbutellus rather than B. sylvestris Matt? The yellow scutellar hair might suggest this. I would expect this species to be about at the moment as B. hortorum males are appearing and visiting Foxgloves (in the textbook fashion)

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Matt Smith's picture

barbutellus?

You could be right with this, B.barbutellus is not something I see very often where I am, I have 7 records for the species on my database compared to over 80 for B.sylvestris.

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eucera's picture

barbutellus

I had quite a few records from the Wantage area a few years back - it seemed quite common BUT easily overlooked among scores of hortorum males at thistles

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Matt Smith's picture

B.barbutellus

None in Wantage yesterday, but a trip to Sonning Common did turn up a male B.barbutellus today in amongst all the other species working the flowers in a garden centre display garden. I even had a male and queen B.lapidarus, which seems early.

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