I've heard a lot about them but have never seen one until yesterday in my garden.
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Saw one last year, but none this year so far. This year is dominated by White-tailed.
I thought it was classed as an incomer as it was newly found in the UK in 2000,so is it British and we have never spotted it before or should it be classed as recently naturalised from mainland Europe did it fly here or was it brought over.I would be nice to know.The nest I put on iSpot but did not id them myself is very active today
Hi Sheila, I'm sure Syrphus will help us out if he sees this post. I have to say though it was a very handsome bee and a welcome addition. I believe they are nearly up to Scotland now so I think they are very much here to stay. Regards Chris.
PS This is what BWARS says about it.
"The Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) was first reported in the UK in the summer of 2001 from a specimen found on the Hampshire/ Wiltshire border. In the years immediately following its discovery, it ap- peared regularly in the Southampton area, and new populations were found in Hertfordshire. Since 2007, there has been a massive expan- sion of range and recorded abundance. Re- cords have come in from as far north as Northumberland, and as far west as South
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