We seem to have Tree Bumblebees in our garden – in a nestbox that has held Blue Tits in the past.
I came back from Spain to find the nestbox was full of bumblebees. They seem quite friendly critters – they don’t interfere with drinking Rioja in the evenings anything like as much as the rather grotty weather has.
While having a cup of tea outside on Saturday evening with a friend he opined that these bumbles were probably Tree Bumblebees and having had a closer look (and using my copy of this book) then I am pretty sure he was right. They are the only bumblebees which go orange/black/white as you move from tip to tail. And you can see that in these couple of photographs – can’t you?
These are fairly recent arrivals in the UK (they arrived naturally not brought in) and yet have spread far and wide since first being found in Wiltshire in 2001. For more info look here.
And if you do find some, then these people would like to hear about it, please.
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