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Bumblebee

Observed: 21st July 2012 By: gramandy
Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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Bumblebee
Description:

May be the same as recent posting - not sure so have posted anyway

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Bombus (Pyrobombus) pratorum interacts

Comments

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B.sylvarum.

See http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/290548?nav=latest_observations for a B.sylvarum observation.

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I have...

..been back to BWARS and would never have come up with pratorum for any of the 3 postings that I have just done due to the colouration seen in the photos. Maybe the variation in colour needs to be posted on BWARS?

Matt Smith's picture

Variation

The problem is that, despite all starting off nice and colourful and "standard", bumblebees can fade very badly if exposed to sunshine and get very tatty, bald and battered and it would take a lot of photos to document all of the possible variations.

This one is still fairly recogniseable, whereas something like Bombus lapidarius which has faded from black with a scarlet tail to chocolate brown with a white tail can present a bit of a challenge.

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thanks for your help

..will obviously take a lot of practise to get these bumblebees right. I think I need to catch them early and then watch for fading.