Wordless Wednesday – Buff-tailed Bumblebee Busy on Hawthorn

Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris and Hawthorn flower

Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris and Hawthorn flower

http://bumblebeeconservation.org/about-bees/identification/common-bumblebees/

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/native-trees/hawthorn/

28 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday – Buff-tailed Bumblebee Busy on Hawthorn

    • That bee was not the only one, despite the strong winds and rain last week, the Hawthorn flowers are wonderful so far. Our forecast is cold and rain though!

    • Thanks Tina, its been all work and no play this week with not much opportunity to take photographs, except for a trip to a Rugby match on Saturday, my only other photo for wordless wednesday was of a streaker being wrestled by stewards, funny but not appropriate for my blog!

    • Thankfully, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has a great easy to understand identification chart for the most common Bumblebees. There were two very similar – the White-tailed and the Buff-tailed but on magnifying my photo I could see the thin buff line after the abdomen.

  1. What a pretty little bee–and attentive to that hawthorne. Attended an Audubon Society meeting last week on planting for pollinators and learned there are something like 600 species of bees in my state, North Carolina.

    • Susie, thats a lot, I have just doubled checked and in the UK we have 225 solitary bees, one honey bee and 24 species of Bumblebees, so 250 total, less than half for your one state. But I guess Bees do not have boundaries and we are an Island. I’d like to learn much more about them too.

  2. Beautiful photograph Julie, and thanks for the links. I belong to the Woodland Trust but have always had trouble with Bumblebee ID and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust chart is so clear. Our Hawthorn isn’t out yet though I have noticed a few patches of it in sheltered sunny spots on my way to Norwich.

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