Struggling with some of the bee IDing
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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
Thanks Colin, I hadn't tried that site no- will check it out...hopefully it will help!
The book 'Bumblebees' by Ted Benton contains photos, keys and diagrams. Might be in your library.
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!
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! :)
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!
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... :)
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