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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Reply Andrew Littleton
8:44 on 31 May, 2020 
Hi Neil
I enjoyed your earlier blogs about bumblebees and became more interested in them as our small garden played host to unusually high numbers. I found it quite difficult to identify them but found a couple of useful sites on google with pictures of the most common.
I think the numbers may be as a result of this exceptional spring which has brought us a lovely display of flowers from early spring onwards.
They seem to enjoy the aquelegia, catmint and lilac best at the moment but there is plenty more to come as we move into summer.
Keep blogging and stay safe
Reply Julia Black
8:16 on 30 May, 2020 
I love his little yellow face !