Submitted by AJ Cann on Mon, 14/05/2018 - 08:15
    Bumblebee Identification Workshops

    It's the time of year when bee photos flood into NatureSpot, so it must be time to write about bees. More...

    The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has published a very useful guide to taking identifiable bumblebee photos (perhaps they were inspired by our own Photography section?). In summary, several shots are necessary:

    • Dorsal view
    • Front view
    • Side view
    • Rear view

    Taking a series of photos like this (if the bee doesn't fly away - don't try and get too close) will make your records more likely to be accepted because the bee can be identified. 

    If you want to become an expert, a series of free Bumblebee Identification Workshops at the Leicester Botanic Garden are coming up - put the dates in your diary.



    Submitted by Maggie Frankum on Tue, 15/05/2018 - 09:27


    Make a note of which flowers they are foraging - open or tubular - may indicate short or long tongued bumble species.

    Are they collecting pollen in their pollen baskets?  

    Are they biting holes at the base of the flower tubes/spurs and doing a bit of daylight robbery?

    Have fun! 

    get buzzing!