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Bee with bumps/lumps

Observed: 7th September 2011 By: pb5462
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Bee (I doubt the photo is good enough to ID the actual bee though I think its a Buff Tailed Bumblebee) its the spots/lumps just behind the head that I'm most curious about

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Buff-Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) interacts


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The 'lumps' are Parasitellus

The 'lumps' are Parasitellus mites, not parasitic, but being carried to infect next year's nest where they feed on debris. It is common to see bumbles with these - sometimes many more than this.



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Thank you very much, thats

Thank you very much, thats really interesting to know