To ID a Bee

Today I spotted a common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) a type of bumblebee that I had not previously seen! They are found throughout the UK, and are the only widespread bumblebee species that is almost entirely yellow/ginger in colour. The one in my garden seems to be living behind the ivy that covers our back fence! There are a few other bumblebee species about – but they’ve not stayed still/come close enough for me to ID them.

The bumblebee conservation trust have an excellent ID guide – which is especially effective when paired with their photo gallery. Happy bee searching!

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