Wise Birding Holidays

Monday, 27 July 2015

Garden Bumbles

For something a little bit different and in light of bees being in the headlines again regarding the use of neonicotinoids or "neonics", Helen and I spent the weekend trying to identify the different species of Bumblebee present in our garden. I knew very little about Bumblebees and still do, but am learning! So if anyone out there disagrees with any of the identifications, I will be happy to learn more!

More on neonics (one of the world's most widely used insecticides) known to be very harmful to bees HERE

Common Carder Bumblebee (left) Male White-tailed Bumblebee (right)

White-tailed Bumblebees - Queen/Worker (top) Male with diagnostic yellow head (bottom)

Male White-tailed Bumblebee

Male White-tailed Bumblebee

Queen/Worker, Red-tailed Bumblebee

Male Red-tailed Bumblebee with diagnostic yellow face and red-tail

Common Carder Bumblebee

Common Carder Bumblebee

Male Buff-tailed Bumblebee

3 comments:

  1. Interesting post and saved me some reading as I'm currently doing the same. Got leaf-cutters in the bed hotel here and the lavender has gone bananas with bees.

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  2. Hi Chris , love your blog and your photo`s are great , looked a great trip to Shetland !!

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  3. Thanks Dave - Hope all is well with you. No doubt see you out and about soon....

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