Monday, 28 April 2014

Bumblebee Workshop

Nick and I had a great day on Saturday in Winchester attending a Bumblebee Workshop.  I've long wanted to learn about Bumblebees and how to identify them, so this hands on day was just what I needed.  

So yesterday we were out in the garden trying to identify some of the bees we found on our flowers, between the showers anyway.  We were surprised how many there were though of course many were the same species or not a True Bumblebee or Cuckoo Bumblebee, for example Osmia rufa (Red Mason) bee.

We actually found four species and though we were told that we should only use the scientific name we have also put the known English name.   So hopefully we've not made a mistake with our identification.

Bombus pascuorum (Common Carder Bee)
Bombus hypnorum (Tree Bumblebee)
Bombus terrestris (Buff-tailed Bumblebee)
Bombs pratorum (Early Bumblebee).

Nick took a few photos:

Bombus hypnorum

                                              Bombus pratorum

                                           Bombus terrestris - Queen

                                           Bombus terrestris - Queen

                                          Bombus terrestris - Queen

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