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Volucella bombylans

Observed: 29th June 2013 By: orchid_borchid_b’s reputation in Invertebratesorchid_b’s reputation in Invertebratesorchid_b’s reputation in Invertebratesorchid_b’s reputation in Invertebrates
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The red-tailed form similar to Bombus lapidarius. Had the white-tailed plumata form similar to B.lucorum last week. I assume the different forms stick to their look-alike bumblebee species. If so, this one is going to have a hard time - very few lapidarius about here this year. In contrast have at least two lucorum nests in garden. Am watching for bombylans trying to get in.
It would be a good 'citizen science' project to keep track of the proportions of these in people's gardens/patches.

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