14 May 2014 08:20 PM
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.
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15 May 2014 11:41 AM #7
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.
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16 May 2014 03:10 PM #10
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.
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