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Hi all,

I’ve just started photographing Bees and what an eye-opener it is to!

I don’t know anything about them and have spent the weekend photographing them in my garden.

I’ve attached two photos, I think one is a Buff-tailed and the other a Carder?

I don’t know though, so any help would be really great.

I need to get a good ID book as well…any suggestions?

Many thanks,

Richard.

     

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Hello

On the left you have photographed a lovely Early bumblebee with its orange tail. You are correct about the Common carder.
Check out the merchandise section of our website for our comprehensive field guide ‘What’s that bumblebee’.
http://bumblebeeconservation.org/support-us/merchandise/P8

Keep practising!

     
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Great shots Richard. What equipment are you using?

     
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Beautiful clear images Richard, a real delight grin

If you have any bumblebee related questions the forum is a great place to ask. Welcome.

     
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Thanks very much for replying to my post, really helpful and I need help!

I just used a micro lens and stood and waited for bees to come near.

Looking forward to seeing, photographing and learning more about bees.

Thanks again,

Richard

     
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Hi Richard,
Elaine is right about the i/d.  The bumble in the pic on the left near to the white Pieris bells, is a Bombus pratorum worker with pollen load.  The other is Bombus pascuorum approaching Lonicera purpusei - an excellent early flowering shrub honeysuckle that is good for winter-active bumbles too.  As for information sources,  on this website,click on “About Bees” and look at the identification section - great for anyone beginning to get to grips with bumbles i/d.  Keep watch and see how many more species you come across now that the sunny weather has just about arrived!  Make a note of the flowers they are visiting.
urbanbumble