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Morlan75

Beauty is in the eye of the Beeeeeeeeeee holder.

Richie took this photo about 3 weeks ago on the way down to Southgate beach (Ive messed about with the one below   )

He wounders what species of Bee it is because it isnt a "Bumble" or a "Honey Bee"

Jeni
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Morlan75

Some more Bee's   taken this morning on our "mad" Chives every single steam has vertually flowered attracting the Bee's well will try and get some better shots later on, seriously difficult to make them stay still lol  





Eschra

Hmmm. I know we have a book or article in the RSPB mags somewhere on the different bee types and their colours

If somehow someone hasn't answered this by then, I will try and find them and let you know tonight hon!
Morlan75

Eschra wrote:
Hmmm. I know we have a book or article in the RSPB mags somewhere on the different bee types and their colours

If somehow someone hasn't answered this by then, I will try and find them and let you know tonight hon!


that would be great  
Eschra

Found a guide on the Bee Conversation Trust site:

Going from top of page down:

Picture 1/2: Most likely a solitary bee rather than bumble. Maybe a hairy footed bee. Or some kind of mining bee. Possibly a Common Carder Bumblebee but they tend to be more buff/brown than the bright orange here (it could be a tree Bumblebee which came across from France a few years ago and are becoming more common in the South of the country) worth checking this. See survey - http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/surveys.htm)

Picture 3 - As Picture 5.

Picture 4 - is likely to be a Red Tailed Bumblebee (as there's no yellow markings on the head or upper body this is most likely a Queen) there is also a much rarer southern species Red-Shanked Carder Bee which would have red hair on the pollen basket of the rear legs but the legs look fairly black as far as I can tell by the picture.

Picture 5 - Based on the identification chart this is a male early bumblebee - queen is slightly big and tends to have an all black head and face - this one seems to have some yellow -hence the guess at it being male
Eschra

Here's the one I just used:

http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/bumblebees_id.htm
Morlan75

Thanks for that! really intresting stuff I love Bee's good to know how to identify them quite a few species in the UK by the looks of it  
bullcross

lovely pics
jems

great picks thanks for showing  
rustyboy

nice shots there morlan..i like the shot that you have mucked about with,nice photo that

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