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Bumblebee

Observed: 22nd June 2013 By: AdrianaESFTAdrianaESFT’s reputation in InvertebratesAdrianaESFT’s reputation in InvertebratesAdrianaESFT’s reputation in Invertebrates
Bumble-bee
Bumble-bee
Bumble-bee
Description:

Struggling with some of the bee IDing

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which White-Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lucorum) interacts

Comments

Colin007's picture

Bombus identification

have you tried http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/bumblebee-id/fla...
but some are just difficult - like B. locorum v B. terrestris

Colin

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Bombus identification

Thanks Colin, I hadn't tried that site no- will check it out...hopefully it will help!
Adriana

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darob57's picture

Also

The book 'Bumblebees' by Ted Benton contains photos, keys and diagrams. Might be in your library.

Dave

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Guide

Thanks Dave!

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Bibibee's picture

Bombus....

Nice pictures. This bumblebee seems to match the description of Bombus lucorum, male. The yellow face distinguishes it from a male Bombus terrestris.
Benton is brilliant and there is a key for males and for females, which helps with ID. Even so we need the experts out there to keep us on track!
Bibibee

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Bombus identification

Thanks Bibibee. It was the yellow face that threw me a bit- the pics in my insect guide didn't have any with a yellow face- probably why I could really do with that Benton book! :)

Cheers, Adriana

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Also, for reference

The link below shows the common species. Useful, as it shows, for example, the subtle difference between terrestris and lucorum workers on the same page.
Not easy to see in the field though, especially on a fast moving, weather worn bee!

http://bumblebeeconservation.org/about-bees/identification/common-bumble...

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Website

Thanks darob57. I actually came upon this site while trying to ID them- really nice site... but I wasn't sure if the one I photographed had enough yellow bands to be a male lucorum! Sure is difficult! The tree bumblebee was easier... :)

Many thanks
Adriana

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