10 May 2011

Bumblebees in the garden

The small flowers on our Wall Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis) outside the kitchen window have attracted a lot of bees over the last few days, mostly workers and males of the Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum)...
B. pratorum male
... I have also noted the occasional cuckoo-bumblebee Bombus sylvestris, this being a parasite of the Early Bumblebee.
B. sylvestris male
The highlight today however was our second Tree Bumblebee (B. hypnorum) for the garden.
B. hypnorum male

5 comments:

Caroline Gill said...

Great bee photos. You will find a photo of a (?cuckoo) bee we were watching at Aberglasney here ...

Caroline Gill said...

Thank you, Barry, very much for your kind and helpful comment.

Mark Hipkin said...

Very nice set of shots there Barry. And very nice to see a shot of B hypnorum among them.

Barry Stewart said...

B. hypnorum again today plus at least 3 queen lapidarius and 1 terrestris queen. B. Pascuorum on purple irises but not the cotoneaster

Tim James said...

Fine series of images. Such a rewarding subject, aren't they?