12 August 2013 07:14 PM
15 August 2013 03:31 PM #1
I think your bumble is most likely a male Bombus lapidarius . Edwards & Jenner indicates that it could be confused with B. monticola, if the orange-red tail extends over half the abdomen but I don’t get the latter where I live, so can’t be sure from your pic.
15 August 2013 08:18 PM #2
Thanks urbanbumble…I did wonder whether it was lapidarius but I have only seen one worker all summer….b.lapidarius have been very scarce in the garden for the last few years. I last noticed a lot them in the garden in 2004, there must have been a nest either in or near the garden…ever since I’ve been trying to remember what I was growing that year to draw them in
15 August 2013 08:27 PM #3
16 August 2013 10:15 AM #4
This is a male Bombus pratorum - early bumbles that do a good pollination job on my raspberries. These have mostly finished here now.
I agree with you about the lack of Bombus lapidarius this year. I’m seeing more males now that ever I did the workers, so there must have been a nest somewhere local. They do like foraging Campanulas - maybe the flowering period was out of sinc with the B. lap. workers and I missed their activities.
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