Friday, 4 June 2010
I found another species of bumblebee at YSP:
It's Bombus hortorum Garden Bumblebee and it was feeding on White Dead-nettle Lamium album.
Quite a few different bumblebees were really loving the patches of dead-nettle and systematically drinking from every flower head on each plant.
My Edwards and Jenner book says this about Bombus hotorum:
Distribution: A widespread species found in many habitats. It may not be frequent in any particular area. A garden species.
Flower visits: One of two species which regularly visit Foxglove flowers, the other being B pascuorum. It also frequently uses Red Clover and Dead-nettles.