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Dead bumblebees

Observed: 16th April 2013 By: pq75pq75’s reputation in Invertebratespq75’s reputation in Invertebratespq75’s reputation in Invertebratespq75’s reputation in Invertebrates
Dead bumblebees
Dead bumblebees
Dead bumblebees
Description:

A dog walker found 25 dead bumblebees in the grass meadow at work today. In an area roughly 10 m2. Most had lost the lower part of the abdomen, some still had it intact, but you can see a hole. I think this is caused by a Conopid fly (Sicus ferrugineus), but I'm not sure if it's usual to find so many dead bees in such a small area?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Buff-Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus (Bombus) terrestris) interacts

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Alan Thornhill's picture

Birds?

I have read on forums that some birds will do this e.g. great tits. They can nip off the sting. Were they found underneath a perch?