Hard to photograph on a windy day
No interactions present.
That would make this the first Irish record ? ! ?
I have just googled it and there have been sightings before .. but although nearly bald it does have all the right colours etc so as i said they do loose hairs with age etc
heres a bit of information i found about being a bald bee
"By the time males and new queens emerge the old queen is almost bald and may have lost some of her influence over the persistent or larger workers, then gradually the stores dwindle and the remaining workers and old queen die."
info from http://www.bumblebee.org/lifeMate.htm
so im and even more sure now its a tree bumble bee ..
Thanks for the Links!. Your websites & photo's are eye-popping ! I know what you mean about looking in your garden and just seeing more and more.. it's fascinating.
I saw a page on the Irish database keepers website (http://pollinators.biodiversityireland.ie/bees/101-species/bumblebees/) stating that they'd need a sample to confirm the first Irish record. But, I don't think I'll trap a bee if they are such new colonists :)
Have a nice day,
I posted a bee photo that i had taken and it seems its an American bumble bee they wanted me to catch it and send it to the Natural history museum .. so i took the photo down and will not mention it again as I don't want to kill anything , thanks for the comment on my blog it has become an obsession lol , ive even just fitted a pond to see if I can bring more wildlife into my garden
cheers stevo .. did it give you the option to agree with my ID ??
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