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James M

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  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl
  • Weather Preferences: warm and sunny, thunderstorms, frost, fog, snow, windstorms
  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl

    For a few weeks now while the Cotoneaster tree has been in flower in our garden there have been literally hundreds of bumble bees. Today I came across a few I have never seen before, and of course I am no expert on them so can someone identify them? and apologies for the quality of the photos as Im no photographer. The first 2 are the same bee.

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  • Location: Norton, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and cold in winter, warm and sunny in summer
  • Location: Norton, Stockton-on-Tees
    For a few weeks now while the Cotoneaster tree has been in flower in our garden there have been literally hundreds of bumble bees. Today I came across a few I have never seen before, and of course I am no expert on them so can someone identify them? and apologies for the quality of the photos as Im no photographer. The first 2 are the same bee.

    HI James,

    I think the first one is the garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum), the next one is the early nesting bumblebee (B.Pratorum), and the last may be the buff tailed bumblebee (B.Terrestris), although I may be wrong.

    Edit: After a closer look, I think the first and the last may both be the buff-tailed bumblebee with the first one being female and the last one male.

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  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl
  • Weather Preferences: warm and sunny, thunderstorms, frost, fog, snow, windstorms
  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl

    Thanks, at first I thought the first one was one of the cuckoo bees as it was all black except for the whte tail and slight gold collar. I will have too look out for more as there are hundreds again today, thanks again.

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