Welcome to my Bumblebee Blog!

Welcome to my blog. This is a record of my Bumblebee sightings in the UK, I hope you enjoy the images. If you have sightings and images of any scarcer species that you would like to share, please let me know.















Thursday, 28 November 2013

Common Eastern Bumblebee

Saw lots of these on a recent trip to Nova Scotia - stunning little things. It is a Common Eastern Bumblebee or Bombus impatiens to give it is proper name:


Friday, 9 August 2013

Cuckoo bees dominate...

On a recent visit to Lambert's Castle near Axminster, Andy Grinter and myself found a large number of cuckoo bumblebee species nectaring on bramble flowers. Six species of bumblebee were present but numbers were dominated by:

Bombus campestris: R. Harris
Bombus campestris: R. Harris
Bombus vestalis: R. Harris
Bombus terrestris (not a cuckoo species): R. Harris
 Bombus hypnorum was also noted in small numbers.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Bombus in the garden...

Well, my father's actually. He has an incredible border of geraniums, which are covered in bumblebees - 5 species present last night when I went to visit, including Bombus hypnorum:

Bombus pratorum: R. Harris
Bombus hypnorum: R. Harris
B. hypnorum: R. Harris
B. lapidarius: R. Harris
B. pascuorum: R. Harris
B. Terrestris: R. Harris
B. Terrestris: R. Harris

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Bombus hypnorum...

Bombus hypnorum still turning up everywhere at the moment. Couple of great photos taken by Dave Helliar in his back garden in Chard, Somerset:

Bombus hypnorum: Dave Hellair

Thursday, 5 July 2012

More Tree Bumblebees...

Ever spreading across the country, more Bombus hypnorum seen in and around Chard this summer...




Thursday, 5 May 2011

Bombus hortorum

Enjoying the rhododendrons in Whitestaunton near Chard, Somerset.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Bombus vestalis

Large queen, photographed in Whitestaunton near Chard, Somerset.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Bombus vestalis

Cuckoo bumblebee species, hosting on bombus terrestris. This one was photographed at Pensthorpe Reserve, Norfolk in August 2010.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Bombus hortorum

Photographed near Snowden Park, Chard - seem to be feeding almost exclusively on thistles at the moment.

Bombus lapidarius

These beautiful bumble bees are a real jewel as they buzz around the late summer flowers. Nikon D90 with Sigma 105 Macro, ISO 1600, F11

Bombus lapidarius

Very common at the moment, males frequently visiting spear thistles and bramble by Snowden Park.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Bombus sylvestris

Photographed at Pilsdon Pen, Dorset. Very windy - lots of bees on the deck sheltering from the elements.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Bombus sylvestris

This is a male of the cuckoo species feeding on bramble in Snowden Park, Chard in Somerset. June 2010. Nikon D90, Sigma 105mm Macro

Friday, 11 June 2010

Bombus campestris - dark morph

Dark morphs with this species are quite common. Host species is Bombus Pascourum, this one was photographed feeding alongside them at Otterford Lakes on the Blackdown Hills.

Bombus pratorum

Stil the most common species in Snowden Park, Chard, Somerset.

Bombus lapidarius

These really love the clover and don't seem to be feeding anywhere else at the moment.

Bombus hortorum

Now that the clover is in full flower, the bees are rushing to take advantage. In Snowden Park, Chard there are at least 4 of the 'Big Six' including this Bombus Hortorum.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Bombus terrestris

Queen - not looking too good! There were several Bombus Barbutellus hovering close by although they normally attack Bombus Hortorum? Photographed at Wayford Woods, Somerset.

Bombus pascourum

Very common. Feeding here on red clover at Chard Reservoir, Somerset.

Bombus barbutellus

Cuckoo species, photographed here at Wayford Woods near Crewkerne in Somerset

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Bombus hortorum

Photographed at St Margarets Holiday Park, Polgooth in Cornwall. First one of the year.