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Bumblebee white tip tail

Observed: 4th June 2012 By: FenwickfieldFenwickfield’s reputation in InvertebratesFenwickfield’s reputation in InvertebratesFenwickfield’s reputation in InvertebratesFenwickfield’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Feeding on marsh thistle at edge of woodland only a few white hairs on the tail have had a look in field guide by Edwards and Jenner but I am going round in circles and just getting more confused.HELP!

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chrisbrooks's picture

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I've trawled through my books and I'm at a loss. Let's hope Syrphus sees this post, he might be able to shed some light on its identity.

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I would go for sylvestris

I would go for sylvestris (now that it has been suggested!). This melanism is very intriguing. I have never seen a melanic Bombus in Scotland, but have found a few in N England where I spend much less time. According to Someone's Rule (Bergmann?) melanism should be commoner in N climes where it enhances solar heating, but Bombus seems to go against that. The pascuorum in the N are so much paler than S ones that they look like different species, and dark hortorum and sylvestris seem nonexistent here.

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North

I do live in Northumberland in a rather exposed spot so wonder if that makes any difference I am approx 45 miles from the border (Kelso)close to kielder forest approx 15 miles,very interesting I shall look out for more.

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