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Red Tailed Bumblebee

Observed: 2nd July 2012 By: Eskling2Eskling2’s reputation in InvertebratesEskling2’s reputation in InvertebratesEskling2’s reputation in Invertebrates
Redtail
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Large Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus (Melanobombus) lapidarius) interacts

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DavidNotton's picture

Antherophagus

This bee has what appears to be a small beetle attached to its tongue. This is most probably a species of Antherophagus which are known to be phoretic on bumblebees http://www.jstor.org/stable/2456423

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See also

This observation of an Antherophagus waiting for a bumblebee: http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/273300?nav=search

Eskling2's picture

Very interesting

I did wonder what it was!