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Unknown Bee

Observed: 22nd August 2013 By: enthusiast
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Description:

A very blonde bee with similarities to bombus terrestris in banding but a bit smaller.
Seen on marjoram flowers in the garden - along with a number of other kinds of bumblebee and butterflies.
On a housing estate but about 50 metres from a railway and open land/farmland.
The last picture shows a bald-looking patch on the thorax (or could it be some sort of parasite?) but others are furrier.
Thanks for the suggestions. I don't think it is bombus pascuorum due to the black thorax. Also, all the pictures I can see of bombus lucorum are much yellower.
Any possibility it is a shrill carder bee?
The wrong place, admittedly......

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Mydaea's picture

Male B. lucorum complex.

Male B. lucorum complex.

Mydaea's picture

"I don't think it is bombus

"I don't think it is bombus pascuorum due to the black thorax." - Correct - it is not.

"Also, all the pictures I can see of bombus lucorum are much yellower." - They are very variable.

"Any possibility it is a shrill carder bee?" - No.