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Old Thursday 4th June 2020, 14:04   #1
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large bee for ID

This was in our garden today. I'm not sure whether it's a queen or a worker but it was large.
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Old Thursday 4th June 2020, 14:24   #2
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It's a Bombus hypnorum, the fact it's got orange pollen on it's hind leg tells you it's a female.
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I've just come across reference to 'dark form Queens', is that what this is?

I recorded the first Tree Bee for Nottinghamshire some years ago and they're now very common here.
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