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Bees for ID please, England (1 Viewer)

colincurry

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I wonder if this might be a Davies' Colletes please

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I think this might be a small bumblebee but my books don't help

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Thanks

Colin
 
Hi Colin

Please understand that I have no idea about bees but it appears that everyone struggles with them. I posted one a while ago. With 124 views but no ID!

I have an up to date Field Guide to Bees (Falk & Lewington) - so, for what it is worth...... It might be a Cuckoo Bee. They are a species of Bombus so "bumblebees". There are a few to look at and can be variable but if I was a betting man, I think it might be one of them.

If you find a way of getting IDs for bees please let me know.

Yours, Gareth
 
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Hallo Gareth

I have the same book, plus others. My specimen does not show a tail but maybe a female Bombus vestalis.

Usually, I find posting here provides an answer. Aeshna 5 is most knowledgeable. Maybe all the bee specialists are away at the moment.
 
Hallo Gareth

I have the same book, plus others. My specimen does not show a tail but maybe a female Bombus vestalis.

Usually, I find posting here provides an answer. Aeshna 5 is most knowledgeable. Maybe all the bee specialists are away at the moment.
Thanks for the compliment!

It can't be B. vestalis as that is a cuckoo species & this individual has a pollen basket which cuckoos don't have.

I'd suggest it's Bombus pratorum, the Early Bumblebee, which is often quite small.
 
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