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Bumblebee with pollen baskets

Observed: 31st 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:

This is clearly a worker and not a cuckoo bee (e.g. B. vestalis; B. barbutellus). I am tempted to exclude B. hortorum, as the face does not appear long enough and the flower, ground elder, isn’t obviously deep. Of the “Big Six”, that leaves B. terrestris and B. lucorum. B. cryptarum has been mentioned to me as another candidate but I am not sure if I have a good enough angle on the yellow collar to decide on that here.

Identifications
  • B. cryptarum
    Confidence: It might be this.
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    Likely ID
    Bombus lucorum s/l
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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B. lucorum s/l

Thanks for the comment. As a viewing platform at this time of year, ground elder seems to have an advantage over bramble flowers as the bees hang around rather longer to yield more images. On the debit side, most of the ground elder at this particular location is in part shade.