Is it me or are the workers looking smaller this year?
The Bees I’ve seen have been very small.
I know Early Bees are small but the Red tailed, Common Carders and White/Buff tailed seem to all look the same size.
I think this season has been very slow to get going, so we still have many of the early workers around - which will be small due to lack of food when they were developing as larvae and pupae.
I’m now seeing mid-size B. terrestris / lucorum, but yes, the B. lapidarius bees have been on the small side so far.
Yes the majority of workers and many males of all the species i’ve seen have been early bumble size, very small. :-(
loads in my garden are titchy, only seen a few furry golfballs so far. just glad to see any bees at all, to be honest though