28th March 2015

Bumblebees are gradually increasing in numbers. I watched this one, probably an Early Bumblebee, as it was quite small for a Queen (all Bumblebees emerging from hibernation are Queens as only they survive winter), with a red tail and two yellow bands. Many species are hard to identify, especially after winter when they can be pretty faded. Whichever species, it immersed itself in a daffodil and emerged so covered in pollen that, as it revved up it’s wings to take off you can see the pollen flying off it. Conditions: Mild with showers, sunny intervals and a gusty south-westerly breeze. Temperature: Max 11- Min 7c.IMG_5724IMG_5725

The Bumblebee is so covered in pollen that as it's  body vibrates in take-off. pollen flies off

The Bumblebee is so covered in pollen that as it’s body vibrates in take-off. pollen flies off

 

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