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Garden bumblebee; Abejorro de los huertos

Bombus hortorum


Big bumblebee, queens reach 2 cm long. Big head and slender body. Two yellow bands on the thorax separated by a black one. In the abdomen shows a yellow band, followed by a black one and a white tip. It has a very long tongue. They built small colonies excavated on the ground. Bombus hortorum play a very active role in agriculture, as they are frequent pollinators of many crops, including sunflowers, strawberries, apples, and tomatoes. In the picture they are on Cirsium eriophorum inflorescence.


Spotted in mountain terrain with meadows and rocks. Parque Natural de Somiedo


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/400 sec.; f/10; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No Flash fired

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arlanda 6 years ago

I agree Zackary. We have to make an effort to save the bumblebees. Apart from beautiful they are very important to nature and to agriculture

zackary.conn 6 years ago

Bumble bees are in trouble and may go extinct

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Somiedo, Asturias, Spain

Spotted on Aug 15, 2016
Submitted on Feb 9, 2017

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