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Oct 6, 2012 11:28 AM

Bee identity

Hi there,

Please could anyone help me identify this Bee please.

Thankyou.

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    Oct 8, 2012 10:59 AM (in response to bellatoo)
    Re: Bee identity

    Hi bellatoo,

     

    Was this picture taken in UK? If so I would say is either a White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) or a Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) worker. In theory their colour should be fairly distinctive (lucorum is more lemony yellow and terrestris more dirty orange) but I have seen a great difference in colour in the field lately so I never get my fingers burned during a survey, without proper examination is hard as both species have similar sizes.

     

    They have also recently discovered in Scotland and Ireland that B. lucorum, B. magnus and B. cryptarum can be easily mistaken in the field and can only be told apart by DNA tests (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/bombus/_key_colour_british/ck_widespread.html), so in general people talk of B. lucorum because is one of the most common bumblees in UK.

     

    I recommend you send your picture to BBCT (http://bumblebeeconservation.org/news/call-for-public-to-help-chart-the-uks-bumblebee-population/) as they are trying to be as accurate as possible regarding bumblebee distributions in UK due to their general decline in recent years.

     

    Hope that was not too long and boring...

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