2nd May 2015

White-tailed Bumblebee- As with other Bumblebees, only the new potential Queens overwinter, all the others- males, workers and old queens- dying in autumn. This common Bee can be seen feeding from early spring to autumn, in gardens, like these in ours a few days ago, on farmland, heaths and hedgerows. With two yellow bands on its body, in spring the white tail-tip is bright white, though it can fade over time, at which point it can be harder to identify it, as it could be confused with the Buff-tailed Bumblebees. I think you can see from some of these photo’s why scientists marvel that Bumblebees can fly at all, with their large bodies and small wings. Conditions: Cloudy and chilly, with drizzle turning into rain. Temperature: Max 8-Min 6c.

A Queen White-tailed Bumblebee homing in on a flower in the garden

A Queen White-tailed Bumblebee homing in on a flower in the garden

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This ones pollen-basket is already pretty full

This ones pollen-basket is already pretty full and its proboscis is out ready to feedl The wings are so fast they can’t be seen at all.

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