Neil Pont

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Him or her?

Posted on 26 May, 2020 at 9:25

A brief blog today...

As mentioned previously a queen bumblebee's first offspring - workers - are females who do not reproduce but go out foraging.

Later, males are produced and they often look different from the females.  New queens are also produced later in the season.  The males will die off in autumn while the new queens hibernate.

This is the first male bee that I have (knowingly!) seen.  This is male Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum).

And this is the female - who has certainly been foraging; she has a good full pollen sack

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