26th February 2019

The Red-tailed Bumblebee flew in and starting feeding on crocuses in the garden today. Another very easy to identify Bumblebee, like the Tree Bumblebee the other day, and another of the “big seven” widely distributed Bumbles. As with al Bumblebees, it will only be the larger Queens that are alive and about now- when they appear, the workers have the same distinctive ¬†colouring but are much smaller, while the males have the same tail colour but have some yellow facial markings, so it is worth tuning into this species while it is at its easiest! As well as feeding, the Queens will be looking for rodent holes and other underground nest sites– their colonies will eventually number between

Red-tailed Bumblebee

Worker Red-tailed Bumblebee from last summer

Red-tailed Bumblebee from last summer

Conditions: Another beautiful but disturbingly warm, sunny day. Temperature: Max 18 Min 5 C.

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