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Bombus lucorum

Observed: 20th April 2010 By: kcf32
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeShropshire Wildlife Trust
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Description:

Observed investigating the vegetation in the woods

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which White-Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus (Bombus) lucorum) interacts

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

species group

Certainly looks like one of the Bombus lucorum species group.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

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Species group

Is there more than one B. lucorum?

Keith

Martin Harvey's picture

lucorum group

Yes, there are at least three very closely related species in the Bombus lucorum group. See iSpot discussions at:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/7087

and:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/20371

and also the BWARS site:
http://www.bwars.com/Bombus_lucorum_B_cryptarum.htm

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Entomologist and biological recorder

kcf32's picture

Lucorum group

Thank you for the information - just when I tought that I was getting on top of distinguishing B. lucorum from B terrestris along come additional subspecies. That's life!

All the best.

Keith

Martin Harvey's picture

life!

Yes, it's a shame that bumblebees can't evolve to be a bit more distinctive, given that they are such familiar and popular creatures!

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Entomologist and biological recorder