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Unidentified Bee

Observed: 21st April 2010 By: yorkieyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Small - length ~15mm. On Vibernum tinus

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Early Bumble Bee (Bombus (Pyrobombus) pratorum) interacts


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B. pratorum

Thanks for the id. Please can you tell me how you decided it is this species. In my book pratorum is depicted with a yellow abdominal stripe, which seems to be missing in this individual.


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yellow stripe

Yes, Bombus pratorum does usually have a yellow stripe on the abdomen, but as alcon_blue noted the amount of yellow can vary and the stripe is sometimes missing.

There's a good online bumblebee key produced by the Natural History Museum (and it allows for the yellow stripe being present or absent!):

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The abdominal stripe is

The abdominal stripe is almost or entirely missing from most workers of this species, and may be broken (but never in my experience missing) in queens.


recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.

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Thanks for the clarification

Somehow I managed to miss alcon_blue's note about the abdominal stripe. Apologies! Thanks for the helpful links.