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Bumble Bee entering nest

Observed: 8th July 2009 By: gary.hilton
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Bee entering nest
Description:

This bees nest is under a Laylandii tree by a wood pile. The bees can be seen coming and going regularly throughout the day usually in twos and threes.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Red-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius) interacts

Comments

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Bombus lapidarius

Agreed - it's the right shape and tail colour. It can't be the red-tailed cuckoo bee, Bombus rupestris, as it is carrying pollen, and we should be able to rule out the other, rarer, red-tailed species, Bombus ruderarius, as you are too far north for that (further south you need to check the colour of the hairs along the edge of the hind tibia - red for ruderarius, black for lapidarius).

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