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Buff-tailed Bumblebee

Observed: 19th February 2013 By: rod williamsrod williams’s reputation in Invertebratesrod williams’s reputation in Invertebratesrod williams’s reputation in Invertebratesrod williams’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Active on an unusually warm day in February. Is this unusual?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) interacts

Comments

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February sightings

It's not all that unusual for Bombus terrestris to be seen in February, at least on warm days in the south of the country, and it is often the first bumblebee species to appear in the early spring each year.

And in fact it is increasingly being seen actively foraging in winter, see the details on the BWARS website:
http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=content/winter-active-bombus-terrestris...

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B terrestris sighting

Many thanks, Martin. Interesting!

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