Monday, June 4, 2007

Bumble Bees

Another bee photographed in our garden, identified by Beewatch who also emailed back the following information. This a garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum). This species has the longest tongue of all the common bumblebee species in the UK and loves to feed on plants with deep flowers such as foxgloves, delphiniums and honeysuckle. Many of our rarer species also have long tongues so it is likely that if we can attract this long-tongued common species, we are also providing potential resources for many rarer species as well!

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