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Jun 19, 2010 9:58 PM

Why do bee pollen baskets vary in colour?

I have become quite interested in bees, wasps and hoverflies.  My question is why do bees' pollen baskets vary in colour?  I get the impression that the colour is dependant upon the species of bee and not upon the pollen collected which seems more obvious to me.  I am still trying to identify the different species of bumblebees.  Can you help please.  Picture 0838: female Tawney Mining bee? yellow baskets.  2249: Tree bumble bee, cream basket.  2476: Unknown red baskets.  2951 is this a male Pratorum?  Thanks in advance.  JohnEd

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