Bumble-bees are responding to warm weather and bramble flowers; I can’t match Jane’s tally, but it’s good to see that they (at least the common species) are thriving here. I’m no expert on bumblebee identity, so please let me know if you think I’ve got any of these wrong:

Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)

White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum)

Early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum)

Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)

Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum)
Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum)

And an imposter – a hoverfly pretending to be a bumblebee


3 Responses to “Bumblebees”

  1. Bumblebees are fun to watch; they’re always wriggling and crawling. Greedy little buggers.

  2. Lovely photos of the various bumblebees. It is only this year, looking at blogs like yours, that I found out there were so many different ones.

  3. Great collection of bees! Just as good as mine any day! Beautiful pictures as well. I’m really hooked on bees this year… still can’t ID them all but it’s fun trying. Jane

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