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Bee Id Please

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Hello

It’s beewalk time again, and I have a couple of queries. Here is the first one. I wondered if this is a Red Tailed Queen or possible some breed of cuckoo bee?? It as quite big, but I was unsure of my ID so have not filled my form in yet. The one on the right is what I want ID for smile

Hope someone can help ??

Thanks

     

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Hello,
I think your bumble [on the right] is a male cuckoo bumble , Bombus rupestris, [Host is Bombus lapidarius].  I sometimes get B. rupestris in my garden but this year I’ve seen none, and the host bumbles have been in low numbers.  I’ve only recently seen host workers and a drone or two on Campanula and lavender.
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