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Red-Tailed Bumble Bee

Observed: 18th March 2010 By: wek6
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeSelborne Society
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Description:

Large black bumble bee with red rump.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Large Red Tailed Bumble Bee interacts

Comments

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Bombus lapidarius

I agree that this is most likely to be the red-tailed bumblebee Bombus lapidarius - the rarer Bombus ruderarius is very similar but given the time of year and location I think lapidarius is much more likely.

(By the way, when adding an identification you should be able to click on the "Get Recommended" button to fill in the scientific name if you wish; this can be useful for species such as the bumblebees, where the English names are not very widely standardised.)

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