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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Bumblebees; Common Carder bee, Forest cuckoo bee and more

male Forest Cuckoo bee, Bombus sylvestris
 In Spring, bumblebee queens emerge from hibernation, build a nest and raise their workers.
Now, at his time of year, in addition to workers, they produce males and new queens for a second generation.  Below is a male Common Carder bee, Bombus pascuorum on Yellow Rattle in my Cuckfield garden in West Sussex yesterday.  Whilst above is a male Forest Cuckoo bee, Bombus sylvestris, which is parasitic on mainly Early bumblebees (see below).
male Common Carder bee, Bombus pascuorum on Yellow Rattle

Buff-tailed bumblebee male, Bombus terrestris
Buff-tailed bumblebee worker, Bombus terrestris

Buff-tailed bumblebee worker, Bombus terrestris
Early Bumblebee worker, Bombus pratorum
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