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Jun 15, 2013 2:35 PM

Unidentified (by me) bee in East London



I am puzzled by this bee. I live in Hackney, and we regularly see four species of bumble bee. These are Bombus terrestris, Bombus hypnorum, Bombus lapidarius and ... another one. I hoped you might be able to help me find out what it is. I can't see a likely match on this web site or the Bumblebee Conservation site. It is all black, with a white tail. On some individuals you get the impression there is a very faint yellow-ish band below the wings (which is slightly visible in the picture with the blue flowers), but on most there is nothing to interrupt the black.


They appear to be gathering pollen, since they go from flower to flower, and they are small and pretty common (not as common as the B.terrestris, but more common than the B.lapidarius). I am new to the bee world, so this may be something very obvious. If so, my apologies, but any help would be hugely appreciated.


I have attached three photos below, all taken on my phone. Two are at one location, and one is at another.







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