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Carder bee - B. ruderarius?

Observed: 2nd August 2009 By: yorkieyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebrates
Carder - B. ruderarius 1 m IMG 3928
Carder - B. ruderarius 2 m IMG 4141
Carder - B. ruderarius 2 m IMG 4142
Carder - B. ruderarius 1 m IMG 3921
Description:

Males, orange tail, orange hairs on hind tibae, pale band on thorax.
2 photos each of 2 individuals, sp1 and sp2 (Sp2 photographed on 17 Aug)

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Large Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus (Melanobombus) lapidarius) interacts

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

Bumblebee key

See also the Natural History Museum's excellent online key to bumblebees:
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/bombus/key_brit...

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Entomologist and biological recorder

yorkie's picture

Thanks for the feedback.

I can see I have a lot to learn. I have already posted my pics of Red-tailed Bumble bee (male and female) which were confirmed, but I thought these were another species because the yellow bands are a lot less intense.

Yorkie

Martin Harvey's picture

colours

I see what you mean yorkie, but colours do vary in bumblebees, and they can also fade over time. Having said that I've got lots to learn about bumbles as well, and every time I offer an opinion about them on iSpot I am fully prepared to be told I'm wrong!

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Entomologist and biological recorder

Urophora's picture

You are not wrong this time.

You are not wrong this time. It is male lapidarius, which is very variable in colour even when fresh.