Cross-mating

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Cross-mating

Recently I saw a male Bombus pratorum mating with a female Bombus lapidarius. This was on the ground on top of a squashed fig. Is this common? I presume nothing will result. I know honeybees mate many times on the wing but do bumblebees have multiple matings?

Stuart Roberts
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I wonder if your male

I wonder if your male pratorum might have been the similarly marked male of B. lapidarius? If so... that would explain the behaviour

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