Sunday 16 October 2011

Late bumblebee collecting pollen

It is not unusual to see bumblebees in Autumn. Queens are still about, storing up some reserves before hibernation. What I found unusual is a worker of a Bombus pascuorum collecting pollen in my patch of Lamium maculatum today. The bumblebee visited each flower inserted its head deep into it and as exiting, wiped its furry back with its rear legs collecting the pollen on its corbicula or pollen basket. I understand that bumblebees collect pollen for their larvae, so there must be still be B. pascuorum active nests this late in the year.

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