Friday, 4 June 2010

Bombus hortorum

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:

: 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.

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