The Tree Bumble Bee

Tree BumblebeeHave you seen the newly arrived Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)? It is very distinctive, being orange at the head end, then black and it has a white tail. It flew in from France and was seen first in southern counties.

It feeds on nectar and pollen and prefers open flowers like daisies to tubular flowers such as foxgloves.

It doesn’t appear to be harming any of our native species and is a very effective pollinator.

Tree bumble beeThe Natural History Museum would like you to send them a photo and fill in a simple online form if you have seen one. Visit http://www.opalexplorenature.org/TreeBumblebee
It was not included on our bumblebee recording sheet but perhaps you could note any sightings.

We have another 3 months to count our bumblebees so it is not too late to start now. Let me know please if you need another recording sheet. F.Gosling This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01780 740343