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May 13, 2011 2:03 PM

Please identify the bees in my loft

I've discovered I have bees in my roof space. They fly in and out of a hole under the eves during the day.

I captured one, put it in a jar, then popped it in the freezer for a few minutes. He remained asleep while I took these photos:

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Top:

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Side:

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Underside (note greyish hairs on abdomen):

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He was fine afterwards, by the way.

 

Can anyone identify?

 

Thanks,

David

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    May 13, 2011 4:31 PM (in response to deasley)
    Re: Please identify the bees in my loft

    Superficially it looks like a female Hairy-footed Flower bee, but there are no yellow hairs on the hind legs and the tongue is not hanging out. However, from the side view there appear to be two very faint bands of yellow hairs on the thorax, so there is a chance that this is the dark form of Bombus ruderatus or a dark form of Bombus hortorum.That said I wouldn't associate either with an aerial nest. Any chance of catching another and taking some more images?

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