Welcome guest, please Login or Register

Welcome to BBCT Forum Home

   

Help needed for a new bee surveyor

Rank

Total Posts: 9

Joined 2014-05-11

PM

Hi

I am doing some bee surveys for Sustrans as part of their Greener Greenways project.

I took some photos of bees on my transect and would be very grateful if you could help with the id of the various bees. 

This one I think is a white tailed bee.

     

Image Attachments

May_bee_1_b_test.jpg

Click thumbnail to see full-size image

Rank

Total Posts: 9

Joined 2014-05-11

PM

This one I think is a Red tailed.

     

Image Attachments

May_bee_2_b.JPG

Click thumbnail to see full-size image

Rank

Total Posts: 9

Joined 2014-05-11

PM

Third one I reckon is an Early

     

Image Attachments

May_bee_3_c.JPG

Click thumbnail to see full-size image

Rank

Total Posts: 9

Joined 2014-05-11

PM

I’m not sure on this one at all!

     

Image Attachments

May_bee_4_c.JPG

Click thumbnail to see full-size image

Rank

Total Posts: 9

Joined 2014-05-11

PM

No 5 might be a buff tailed (very small)

     

Image Attachments

May_bee_5_e.JPG

Click thumbnail to see full-size image

Rank

Total Posts: 9

Joined 2014-05-11

PM

Buff tailed queen?

     

Image Attachments

May_bee_6_a.JPG

Click thumbnail to see full-size image

Rank

Total Posts: 9

Joined 2014-05-11

PM

number 7 - common carder?

     

Image Attachments

May_bee_7_c.JPG

Click thumbnail to see full-size image

RankRankRank

Total Posts: 101

Joined 2012-05-31

PM

Hi Struan

good luck with your surveys.
I will try to help with the ID but bear in mind that it is difficult sometimes based on photos alone.
It is far easier when they are in the hand!

1 White-tailed bb (correct)
2 Red-tailed bb (correct)
3 This is not an Early bb. But difficult to ID. Looks like one of the cuckoo bumblebees. You might have to mark as unknown spp.
4 Unsure- this is definitely a cuckoo bumblebee probably a Forest or a Gypsy cuckoo- but I would need to see more angles to be sure. Might have to mark as unknown cuckoo spp.
5 This is an Early bumblebee worker and not a buff-tailed bb.
6 Buff-tailed queen (correct)
7 Common carder (correct) probably a queen, judging by the size.

     
Rank

Total Posts: 9

Joined 2014-05-11

PM

A big thanks Elaine.

Here’s a couple of photos of bee 4 from different angles.  Does this help with the id?

     

Image Attachments

May_bee_4_d.JPG

Click thumbnail to see full-size image

Rank

Total Posts: 9

Joined 2014-05-11

PM

photo 2

     

Image Attachments

May_bee_4_f.JPG

Click thumbnail to see full-size image

RankRankRank

Total Posts: 101

Joined 2012-05-31

PM

Hi Struan

I think the extra photo of the tail is very helpful.
Forest cuckoo females tend to have a white tail apart from the last segment bearing the sting. They tend to curl this segment under their body which tends to be indicative of this species. If you feel that was notable in this bee then go ahead and mark it as female Forest cuckoo Bombus sylvestris.

best, elaine