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Garden bumblebee

bombus hortorum

Description:

Garden bumblebee foraging on lavender. A relatively large bee. Lengths: queen 17-20 mm, workers 11-16 mm, male 14-15 mm. Bombus hortorum has a long head and a slimmer body than some other Bombus species. The collar, scutellum and 1st abdominal segment are yellow, the tail is white. A rather scruffy looking long haired species. Pollen basket with black hair. Colonies contain between 50 and 120 insects, and are present between late April and early October. The queen is the only member of a colony to survive the winter, they emerge in April and begin to search for a suitable place in which to establish a nest. Nests are typically made underground, in banks and among tree roots, or occasionally above ground in bird boxes. They are short-lived with an average life of around 14 weeks.

Habitat:

Spotted at the backyard garden.

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5 Comments

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

a very fuzzy one!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

He's a fuzzy one!

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

Gracias Patricia

PatriciaPi
PatriciaPi 7 years ago

muy bonita la foto!

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

I added one more picture

arlanda
Spotted by
arlanda

O Saviñao, Galicia, Spain

Spotted on Aug 11, 2012
Submitted on Sep 28, 2012

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