Friday, 7 May 2010
I found another species for the site at YSP. It's a White-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lucorum. As it goes Sue (a gardener at YSP) mentioned she'd seen some already, but I saw my first one the other day on the Rhododendron flowers by the centre. The image isn't great, but you get a good view of its white tail.
Distribution: A common and very widespread species found in many habitats. but more frequent towards the north. A regular garden species. Nest-searching queens of this species are one of the first bumblebees seen in spring, as early as February in the south.
Nests: Made in a variety of situations, usually underground, but always under cover. Mature nests are large, often with over 200 workers.*
*Field Guide to Bumblebees Mike Edwards & Martin Jenner