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Unknown Carder bee

Observed: 3rd September 2009 By: yorkieyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebrates
Carder sp1 - IMG 0120
Carder sp1 - IMG 0121
Carder sp1 - IMG 0122

Presumed carder bee, but cannot see black hairs diagnostic of B. pascuorum. Feeding on Erysimum in my garden.


No identification made yet.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Martin Harvey's picture

carder bee

That's a gorgeous bee! But I'm afraid I can't help much with the identification. It does look very gingery, and I can't see black hairs on the abdomen - B. pascuorum nearly always has black hairs on the abdomen, but sometimes there are very few of them, and I have seen specimens that appear not to have these hairs until you look for them under a microscope.

The alternatives are B. humilis or B. muscorum, which are even tricker to separate from each other! Much as I'd like to suggest a species name for this one, I think we are hitting the limits of what you can do with a photograph here. Unless anyone else knows better of course!

Entomologist and biological recorder