Tree Bumblebee pair

Tree Bumblebee pair

Observation - Tree Bumblebee pair - Global. Description: I'm not sure whether this pair had actually mated or he was still trying to persuade her! Apparently, although sperm transfer only takes a few minutes, the couple stay together for up to 80 minutes. I watched them for over half an hour as she flew from f

I'm not sure whether this pair had actually mated or he was still trying to persuade her!
Apparently, although sperm transfer only takes a few minutes, the couple stay together for up to 80 minutes. I watched them for over half an hour as she flew from flower to flower to feed with him hanging on. In the first picture you can see her 'robbing' nectar from red campion.