Tag Archives: Bumblebees

Common Carder Bee

This fluffy bumblebee looks like a Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum), with the ginger top of the thorax and cream & black hairs in the abdomen. ID can be a challenge as colouring varies a lot between individuals, location and … Continue reading

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Queen Bumble

On my bee hunting challenge, I found this huge bumble bee on the pavement (thankfully before I stood on it).  This bumblebee was far bigger than the average length of 10-16mm. Once I’d carefully put it onto a wallflower in … Continue reading

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The benefits of taking photographs to identify insects

They say that the largest group of insects- indeed of all animals- is beetles. Sometimes wandering down the Blackwater Valley one wonders if in fact the largest group are large, irritatingly conspicuous, and unrecognizable ones.  What are they? Luckily we … Continue reading

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