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Buff-tailed Bumblebee

Observed: 29th June 2013 By: PeachystevePeachysteve’s reputation in InvertebratesPeachysteve’s reputation in InvertebratesPeachysteve’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Busy on the Hogweed

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus (Bombus) terrestris) interacts

Comments

Mydaea's picture

I can see no reason to

I can see no reason to suggest that terrestris is any more likely than the lucorum complex. Quite the reverse, in fact.

Peachysteve's picture

Identification

Reading through these comments http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/325320?nav=search I can see that it will be hard for a beginner to distinguish between these two given the variations mentioned.
Looking at at this page http://bumblebeeconservation.org/about-bees/identification/common-bumble... it seemed more likely to be terrestis as there appears to be a thin darker line above the tail. However I have little experience of looking at bees so am not able to distinguish these variations.

Mydaea's picture

Looking more closely, you may

Looking more closely, you may have one of each - a male terrestris above and a female lucorum complex below. But you can't be sure from these images, I think, beyond the genus.

Peachysteve's picture

Thanks for your reply

I thought they looked slightly different.

sgwarnog's picture

As a fellow beginner I find

As a fellow beginner I find bees very tricky. I use the bumblebee conservation guide too, which I think is an excellent guide for homing in on likely alternatives.

I've tried the Natural History Museum online key: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/identification-g...
- but often get stuck in that.

For this image I don't have the knowledge to distinguish between the two most likely options, but we learn through trying don't we :)

Peter H

Peachysteve's picture

Thanks

Thanks for that link. That will be helpful.
I think we learn more through our errors than our successes. I'm learning a lot! ;)