Red-shanked carder bee

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The red-shanked carder bee, Bombus ruderarius, is a small species emerging in early spring. It is restricted to the South East of Britain, where it is widespread but not abundant. 

It looks very similar to the more abundant and widespread red-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius, which lacks the red hairs on its legs (shanks).

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