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Common bumble bee on spanish lavender

Stuart Roberts(eucera-at-yahoo-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

Hi... sorry to have to disappoint you but your lovely photograph is not of the "Great Yellow Bumble Bee" (Bombus distinguendus), but a male of the very common species Bombus pratorum. B. distinguendus is now extremely rare in northern Europe, with the only UK populations now restricted to the Hebrides, the North coast of Scotland and Orkney. B. pratorum is found throughout the UK, and is a common visitor to gardens.

12th Sep 2005, 08:59

Euphro says:

Stuart, thanks very much for the clarification. I've amended my tags and entry accordingly :)

12th Sep 2005, 09:21

Stuart Roberts(eucera-at-yahoo-dot-com) says:

Your more than welcome!! I have the great privilege of studying these insects for my living. If you are interested, you should check out the Natural History Museum's web pages on Bombus. They are excellent

13th Sep 2005, 21:51

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