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Sep 8, 2012 1:34 AM

Garden visitors of the bee kind....ID's please?

Hello All,

 

My hard work turning our garden into a sanctuary for wildlife has really paid off this year with lots of bees & butterflies etc visiting. Unfortunately I don't know my bees very well so struggling to ID them! I'm hoping that someone can help as I'm trying to keep records of everything that visits the garden and could do with some IDs if possible please?

 

Apologies if I've got the same species more than once but I've tried to put in bees which I think are different. I also apologise as most images are poor quality but ok for ID I hope?....

 

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Any help on this at all would be very much appreciated!

 

Many thanks

 

Higgy

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    Sep 8, 2012 4:52 AM (in response to Higgy)
    Re: Garden visitors of the bee kind....ID's please?

    Pic 1 is a hoverfly - maybe Merodon equestris

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    Sep 8, 2012 5:33 PM (in response to Higgy)
    Re: Garden visitors of the bee kind....ID's please?

    Hi,

     

    Number 10 is a red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius),

     

    emg

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    Oct 8, 2012 8:52 PM (in response to Higgy)
    Re: Garden visitors of the bee kind....ID's please?

    1 is a hoverfly, Merodon equestris as jaguarondi has suggested sounds about right with that picture.

     

    2, 3, 7 and 9 are Carder bees. The ones that could be mistaken with each other are B. pascuorum (Common Carder Bee), B. humilis (Brown-banded Carder Bee) and B. muscorum (Moss Carder Bee). I think when their abdomen lacks some hair or it looks more black is pascuorum but again colour variation is crazy in bumblebees...

     

    Only pascuorum is quite widespread in UK, the other two have shown a great decline lately. You can take a look here and check their most recent distribution to see if they are present in your area.

     

    Moss. http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=bee/apidae/bombus-muscorum

     

    Brown-banded. http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=bee/apidae/bombus-humilis

     

    Common. http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=bee/apidae/bombus-pascuorum

     

     

    4, 5, 6 , 11. They´re either White-tailed Bumblebees (B. lucorum) or Buff-tailed Bumblebees (B. terrestris). If I remember correctly their the only white bums in UK.

     

    8 looks like honeybees to me, Apis mellifera.

     

    12 I could not tell really, it could be another Carder bee but it is difficult.

     

    And 10, of course, is a red arsie! (B. lapidarius).

     

     

    If you are up for it, I would send your pictures to the BBCT (

    (http://bumblebeeconservation.org/news/call-for-public-to-help-chart-the-uks-bumblebee-population/) to help monitoring UK bumble populations.

     

    Hope it helps...

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    Oct 30, 2012 7:28 PM (in response to Higgy)
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    I dont agree with everything here.

    Nr 11 is Bombus pratorum

    and i am pretty sure nr 4 is Bombus hortorum

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    Oct 31, 2012 6:35 PM (in response to Higgy)
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    True, I think I misplaced number 4 because is obviously a Carder bee. Number 11 doesn´t look to me like B.hortorum but that´s just my opinion. It´s difficult to tell by that picture. How is your garden survey going on, Higgy?? Have you found many different species this summer then?

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        Nov 1, 2012 9:38 PM (in response to Higgy)
        Re: Garden visitors of the bee kind....ID's please?

        I did not say that nr 11 is a B.hortorum
        T say: Nr 11 is Bombus pratorum.
        Redarsie say: "4, 5, 6 , 11. They´re either White-tailed Bumblebees (B. lucorum) or Buff-tailed Bumblebees (B. terrestris).
        If I remember correctly their the only white bums in UK."
        Well You did not remember correctly
        there is at least 1 more Bombus with Subgenera Bombus named B.cryptarum in UK.
        Also B.hortorum and B.soroeensis have white bums.
        Nr 11 has no yellow band on The abdominal tergite 2 and can not be a Bombus.Bombus,
        the picture also show that the bom is not white.
        Nr 4 is yellow at the Scutellum, no Bombus Bombus female has that,but B.hortorum has.

         

        Here is 2 of my pictures of the same individual of B.pratorum:

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