Red tailed bumblee

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Mrzippy123
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Red tailed bumblee

Hi. I had a Red tailed bumblebee fly passed me yesterday on its way to a camellia bush 6 feet away. It did not stop long. Is this early activity? No time for a photo.

Nigel Jones
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Red tailed bumblebee

Yes, that is early for Bombus lapidarius, but not without precedent. There was a relaible record for one in January last year in Shropshire.

colonus
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Red tailed bumblebee

Yes, I agree with Nigel that this is early. The usual date for the first sighting of a B.lapidarius queen in SE England is about mid-March. However I did see one on 15 Jan 2007 near Windsor.
Steve
13 Feb 2015
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