February 21st 2014

Bumblebee feeding on Winter Honeysuckle

A Queen Bumblebee feeding on Winter Honeysuckle

Today I managed to photograph a Bumblebee feeding on the Winter-flowering Honeysuckle. It is well-dusted with pollen! They are quite hard to identify, as colours can fade over winter. I think this one is a Buff-tailed Bumblebee (correct me if I’m wrong), one of the species that emerge on mild winter days. It has to be a Queen Bee. The last brood of Bumblebees in the year produce several queens which will mate and then be the only Bumblebees to survive to the next year, hibernating by lowering their metabolism. Conditions: Sunny intervals and showers, with a gusty SW wind. Temperature: Max 7 – Min 4c

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