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Dead bees found on path in a park

I wonder if anyone can shed any light on a mystery I witnessed back in mid April.

I found numerous (approx. 15) different types of Bumble Bees dead on and around a grass footpath over a 20 metre stretch.

Most of the bees seemed to have had their abdomen hollowed out.

Some of them although clearly dead some time and dry looking appeared to be twitching their legs. Like something may be inside them, like a parasite.

Has anyone seen this before, know what happened here?

Many thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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Amadan's picture

Have a look at

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/133055
Where a similar event is recorded and commented upon.

jamesispot's picture

Bees

Thank you, that is most interesting and makes a lot of sense.