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Hairy-footed Flower Bee

Observed: 18th April 2010 By: Melica
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

Like a small bumble-bee, apparently entirely black or very dark.

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Urophora's picture

Bumble-bee = Humble-bee

Bumble-bee = Humble-bee (archaic, not used now).

Syrphus's picture

The name 'Small Garden

The name 'Small Garden Humble-Bee' for Bombus hortorum is misleading. It is 'small' only in comparison with the much rarer B. ruderatus. Both these (and B. sylvestris) have dark forms, but a fully melanic hortorum is a rare sight. A queen hortorum is the only sort of hortorum you will find at this date, and most are very much bigger than A. plumipes. It is also neither confined to gardens, nor the only species found in gardens!

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Thanks! I didn't even know

Thanks! I didn't even know that something called the Hairy-footed Flower Bee even existed till now! I've found a description of it on the Natural History Museum website and it is spot-on: 'resembles a small bumble-bee...mainly visits deep-throated flowers...flies with a shrill hum'.
I also learnt quite a bit about bumble-bees whilst mis-identifying this bee, so my time wasn't wasted.