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Garden bumblebee on chive flowers

Observed: 24th May 2012 By: WS159
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2012May24 garden bumble on chive 3 ispot
2012May24 pos heath on chive ispot
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Syrphus, thanks for the

Syrphus, thanks for the alternate ID though I had discounted the Heath Bumble, partly as being less common, partly on overall size and partly on the face shape - the longer face and long tongue.

I will see if I can find any photos I took from a different angle.

Do you think the "reddish" look to the leg hairs in this instance could be from pollen grains ?

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Which is more significant: leg hairs or tongue ?

I've added a second photograph,(head slightly oof unfortunately and none of it looking straight forward) but would say this definitely shows reddish/orange hairs on the legs. So that does point to B.jonellus as you say.

But what about tongue length, it seemed to get right into the chive flowers, which are quite deep, or is this not as strong an identifying factor ?

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The key thing about the head

The key thing about the head shape is actually the gap between the eye and the mandible, and the tongue even of 'short-tongued' bumbles is quite long. The second pic shows nothing that makes me change my mind.



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No, indeed the second picture

No, indeed the second picture confirms your id.

It is the basic guides that suggest tongue lengths as important (my assumption that short meant something quite stubby, like in the marmalade and similar hoverflies)

Thank you for your input, very interesting.