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Bumblebee, Apidae family. Around 15 millimetres body size. The thorax is yellowish or reddish-brown. The first 4 abdominal segments have grayish hair, while the fifth and sixth tergite hairs are yellowish or reddish brown. However the species is quite variable in color. When Queens search for suitable places to nest, they fly just above the vegetation, for example on forest edges, investigating cavities such as holes in the ground or niches in dead wood and grass. With the Queen the entire nest dies, usually in September. Occasionally, individuals survive until October/November. Only the last-hatched females survive, to mate with males. Then they fly in search of a safe place for hibernation.
Spotted at a prairie close to the sea. Asturias
Camera Model: NIKON D500. Exposure Time: 1/500 sec.; f/11; ISO Speed Rating: 640. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash fired. DSC_3304, 3294, 3292, 3291
Lat: 43.56, Long: -6.88
Spotted on Aug 21, 2018
Submitted on Nov 28, 2018