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Social bee with pollen basket

Observed: 5th September 2009 By: yorkieyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebrates
Carder sp12 IMG 0285
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Female social bee carrying pollen. On Scabiosa in my garden. Can the species be identified?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) interacts


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purple pollen

This bee looks more like B. pascuorum again. The pollen looks like it has come from the scabious, which has this lovely pink-purple colour to its pollen (or at least the wild, blue scabious flowers do, wasn't aware that the white forms also have pink pollen).

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Scabiosa ochraleuca

This pale yellow scabiosa (which gets paler with age) was a real attraction for bees and hoverflies last year, which was the first year I'd grown it. It's self-supporting, about a meter tall (so good for photographers) with masses of flowers and was still in flower in November. It's hardy and perennial - I think everyone interested in insects should have at least one in their garden!!!