03 June 2013 10:41 PM
04 June 2013 11:14 AM #1
Firstly, Your “little fella” is a girl, not a boy, because she is carrying pollen in her pollen baskets - which boy bees don’t have.
Secondly, to my mind she is almost certainly a Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum).
They are quite variable in fur colour, but have some dark patches on her abdomen.
There are some rarer carder bees, but these are range restricted, so in most parts of the country you are unlikely to see them.
I hope this helps.
05 June 2013 05:50 PM #2
I agree with Clive’s i/d. Did you notice which flowers she was foraging? B. pascuorum workers have long tongues and like to visit deep tubular flowers to get the nectar. In my garden, this includes white dead nettle.
16 June 2013 01:24 AM #3
I have a similar bee and would be grateful if anyone could confirm that it is also B. pascuorum. This bee was resting above the flowers of comfrey plant after a heavy rain shower so it is a bit bedraggled.
Sorry for jumping onto someone elses thread.
16 June 2013 08:26 AM #4
Looks like one to me Eristic :D
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