I went out into the garden at 8.30pm and it was getting quite dark, I noticed that there were a couple of Bees on the Sunflowers a B terrestris and a B Pascorum the Buff tailed still feeding and the Carder all tucked up for the night. The light is on in the garden at the moment and I can still see them and it’s 10.30pm and the Buff tailed is still feeding.
I’ve got a half decent photo of the Carder…........................Is it a female and shouldn’t it be tucked up in the nest by now? I thought it was only males who lived rough
thank you for reporting your wonderful observations.
You have painted a really cute picture of bumblebees snuggling down on a sunflower for the night.
The males are more likely to sleep rough and the Buff-tailed is definitely a male as it has very ginger hairs on the back leg.
I suspect the common carder is a male too but I find this species quite tricky to tell castes apart.