Surveys carried out during Shrill carder week found three of these scarce bees in Pembrokeshire, Wales, but none in the Somerset Levels in the south west of England.
Two Shrill carder bees (Bombus sylvarum) were found at the Ministry of Defence’s Castlemartin Range - with ITV Wales on hand to record the find. Another was found at the National Trust’s Gupton Farm site.
While no Shrill carders were seen in Somerset, a good number of rare Moss carder bees (Bombus muscorum) were recorded during surveys of five areas around the Avalon Marshes Centre.
Moss carder bees were also spotted at the Gupton and Castlemartin Range sites, in addition to Brown-banded carder bees (Bombus humilis) and Broken-belted bumblebees (Bombus soroeensis), both of which were recorded at the latter site.more...