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Common carder bee

Observed: 29th May 2013 By: Belfasthillspar...
Belfast Hills Partnership
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Carder Bee (Bombus (Thoracombus) pascuorum) interacts

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I would not exclude muscorum.

I would not exclude muscorum. The gaster has unusually blond hairs for pascuorum. Why are you certain it is pascuorum?

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Non-one can be 'sure' from

Non-one can be 'sure' from these images that this is pascuorum. To be 'sure' you would need to see black hairs on the gaster, and I certainly do not see any. Safest ID is the subgenus, though I would not be surprised if it was actually muscorum from the silvery colour on the gaster - absolutely typical of that species, and completely unlike even pale pascuorum which are browny-yellow.