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Sep 23, 2010 7:40 PM

A very pale bee

I saw several of these very pale bees over a period of a few days.  They were feeding alongside bees that I think are Bombus Pascuorm  and were about the same size but very much paler.  This one was having a rest on an aster.  Can anyone identify it for me please?
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    Apr 30, 2011 5:55 AM (in response to AngieC)
    Re: A very pale bee
    I would say a honeybee but can't give you a species ID I'm afraid x
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    May 4, 2011 10:33 AM (in response to AngieC)
    Re: A very pale bee

    This is a bumblebee and almost certainly Bombus pascuorum (though difficult to be 100% when they are in such a worn out condition). Bees which have been foraging in the relentless sunshine we have experienced over the last few weeks will soon become bleached and pale. This example has also lost most of its abdominal hairs and is just about on its last legs, though it sounds like there are plenty of her freshly emerged sisters to carry on the good work. This weather is great for bees, as long as there are plenty of flowers to forage from the fine weather provides more than enough forage days to provision the nest with nectar and pollen.

     

    It's official - Sunshine is good for bees (and wasps).  

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