Bumblebee on the Downs Link Cyclepath north of Old Shoreham.
Bumblebee on the southern upper part of Mill Hill.
Red-tailed Bumblebee on a Spotted Orchid on the road verge at Buckingham Cutting (south).
||An inclement month drew to a close with a brief spell of weak sunshine with my first bumblebee of the year, a Buff-tailed Bumblebee visited Lesser Celandine on a verge outside the Health Centre in Steyning.|
Common Carder Bee, Bombus pascuorum.
This small bumblebee was recorded on the on the Pixie Path, just north of Old Shoreham.
I think this is the smaller male Red-tailed Bumblebee.
A Buff-tailed Bumblebee climbed up a stalk of Devil's Bit Scabious on the lower slopes of Mill Hill in the early afternoon. After I dislodged it, it crawled around amongst the herbs. On the top of Mill Hill near the Reservoir, a Buff-tailed Bumblebee visited a Musk Thistle still in flower.
Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, on Bluebell in my front garden in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham.
Two large bumblebees were seen during the afternoon, the first almost certainly a queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris and the second one on the southern part of Mill Hill was probably this species as well.
My first large Queen bumblebee of 2008 flew rapidly away from me over Frampton's Field, Old Shoreham. It was not identified but I think it was probably a Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris.
Bumblebees were active on the Gorse bushes of Lancing Ring, probably male Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, showing the whitish tails and two yellow bars. I counted four individuals there was almost certainly more.
The weather was warm and sunny, in patches between the rain clouds, at about 10 ° C.
A Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, flew over the railway crossing gates from Brunswick Road in Shoreham town. This bumblebee was half the size of the one seen nine days previously and may have been a worker?
A Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, visited a yellow Mahonia garden flower in a bed by the entrance to the Sussex Yacht Club building by the River Adur in Shoreham town.
One large Queen bumblebee, probably a Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, flew at hedgerow height over Mill Hill Road between the bridge over the A27 and Mill Hill.
5 November 2007
At least two large bumblebees were seen visiting a few remaining flowers. They were either Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, or White-tailed Bumblebees, Bombus lucorum.
A dozen White-tailed Bumblebees, Bombus lucorum, visited a pink Sedum plant on Ropetackle.
It was the Ice Plant, Sedum spectabile.
Plant IDs on flickr
This bumblebee visited Ragwort on an overcast day on the Downs Link Cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge.
I think this one is probably the White-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus lucorum, with slightly faded colours.
Frequent Common Carder Bees, Bombus pascuorum, visited purple flowers in Shoreham town.
Common Carder Bees, Bombus pascuorum, visited Greater Knapweed on the Downs Link Cyclepath in the long grass and herb meadow south of the Cement Works.
On to the Downs Link Cyclepath a White-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus lucorum, and a Red-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius, both visited the handful of Perforate St. John's Wort in flower south of the Toll Bridge.
A smaller worker Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, visited the Spotted Deadnettle introduced to my front garden especially to attract the bees, bumblebees and hoverflies.
My first Queen Red-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius, of 2007 was seen, much later than usual this year. It was buzzing around the herbs at the northern end of the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
My first Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum of the year, with a furry orange thorax, was seen on the Waterworks Road.
The only bumblebees seen in warm weather about town and on downs were occasional Buff-tailed Bumblebees, Bombus terrestris.
This picture confused me at first. It is just one bee on the Pixie Path to Mill Hill. The Queen had a white tail with slight V-shaped black markings a thin lemon-coloured band and an orange band near its head. This bee was attracted to a hole in the rotten lichen-covered wood. My first choice of species was Bombus vestalis, but it it is a bit early for this cuckoo bee. The brownish wings were rather distinctive.
This is a Bombus terrestris queen. I admit the description sounds like B. vestalis, but the pictures show the basal darker band of B. terrestris, not the patches of B. vestalis. It is not absolutely too early for B. vestalis as it, like its host, has been getting rather earlier, however I have seen only one or two quite this early. A picture of the hind leg would be a good idea and clinch it.
A Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, was seen ten minutes before the cuckoo bee about two metres from the same location.
Adur Bumblebees Checklist
In the Hamblett's south Lancing (TQ 186 044) front garden, a smallish bumblebee with a bright white tail briefly visited the flowering Rosemary by the front door. I was unable to remember the patterns to discern which bumblebee (or mimic) species but it did not seem to have any lemon-yellow of the White-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus lucorum, nor the familiar appearance of the Carder Bee, Bombus pascuorum. It would be too early for the Carder Bee. It could have been the Small Garden Bumblebee, Bombus hortorum (but this has not been confirmed).
UK Bumblebees: how to identify the British species by colour
Bumblebee ID page (BRISC)
There were well over a dozen queen bees in two hours, but they were all Buff-tailed Bumblebees, Bombus terrestris.
Bumblebees were being seen at about one a day when I was out (once every two days) this week. A Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris was recognised over the Coastal Link Cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge and I think all the bumblebees seen have been this species.
A bumblebee buzzed out of the St. Mary de Haura churchyard in central Shoreham. It was too quick and unexpected to be identified positively, but it was probably a Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris.
Bumblebees have been seen on most of the bright days during this exceptionally mild month. Both a queen and worker Buff-tailed Bumblebees, Bombus terrestris, were seen in the front garden. Rosemary and Euryops were in flower which provided the attraction for the bees.
10 January 2007
My first bumblebee of 2007 was a Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee seen flying away from some vegetation over Frampton's Field, Old Shoreham, at the southern end near the Butterfly Copse leading to the Waterworks Road.
A Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee flew into the bushes to the south of the Riverbank houseboats on the River Adur estuary at Shoreham. I doubt if it will be last of the year, but I have made a note of it in case it was.
On the lower slopes of Mill Hill, the Devil's Bit Scabious also attracted a Common Carder Bee.
Two Greater Knapweed flowers on the Pixie Path verges attracted a Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum.
I have not been recording the bumblebees during the hot summer.
A species of Copop fly was discovered near the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road. It is illustrated on the hoverflies page, but it is not a hoverfly.
Conops quadrifasciatus is a wasp mimic and NOT a hoverfly and its larvae are internal parasites of bumblebees.
Conop Images to Compare
A Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum, was very keen on visiting a foreign Deadnettle in a north Shoreham garden.
My first Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum, of the year was seen buzzing around the verges of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham.
19 April 2006
The Buff-tailed Bumblebees are seen in the proportion of about 100/1 compared to Red-tailed Bumblebees in favourable location of bumblebees between 20 and 33 an hour.
Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebees were seen every ten minutes or so on the Worthing, Lancing and Shoreham beach cyclepath, altogether about twenty were seen at regular intervals. All flew at under four metres and mostly about three metres from the ground.
Spring has finally arrived under a blue sky with the warm rays of the afternoon sun. A dozen or so Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebees were seen as they crawled from their holes in the ground in McIntyre's Field (east of Lancing Clump) before buzzing off at a height of about four metres above the ground.
The first definite bumblebee of this year was a Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, on the winter flowering Jasmine in my south Lancing (TQ 186 044) garden. Glimpses of bumblebees had been seen earlier in the month though.
Reports >2005 (Link)
Six ID Chart
|Scientific Names||Common Names||Adur Distribution|
|Bombus cullumanus||Cullum's Bumblebee||Not recorded. Extinct in the UK?|
|Bombus distinguendus||Great Yellow Bumblebee||Not recorded. Found only on Scottish islands.|
|Bombus hortorum||Small Garden Bumblebee||Frequent on Mill Hill*, Occasional elsewhere|
|Bombus humilis||Brown-banded Carder Bee||Not recorded|
|Bombus jonellus||Not recorded|
|Bombus lapidarius||Red-tailed Bumblebee||Widespread on the Downs and Common|
|Bombus lucorum||White-tailed Bumblebee||Widespread and Frequent|
|Bombus magnus*||Not recorded|
|Bombus monticola||Not recorded|
|Bombus muscorum||Not recorded|
|Bombus pascuorum||Common Carder (Brown) Bumblebee||Ubiquitous and Common|
|Bombus pomorum||Apple Bumblebee||Not recorded|
|Bombus pratorum||Early-nesting Bumblebee||Not recorded|
|Bombus ruderarius||Not recorded|
|Bombus ruderatus||Large Garden Bumblebee||Not recorded|
|Bombus soroeensis||Broken Belted Bumblebee||Not recorded|
|Bombus subterraneus||Short-haired Bumblebee||Not recorded|
|Bombus sylvarum||Shrill Carder Bumblebee||Not recorded|
|Bombus terrestris||Buff-tailed Bumblebee||Widespread and Common|
|Bombus cryptarum||Not recorded|
|Psithyrus barbutellus||Not recorded|
|Psithyrus bohemicus||Gypsy Cuckoo Bee||Not recorded|
|Psithyrus campestris||Not recorded|
|Psithyrus rupestris||Hill Cuckoo Bee||Not recorded|
|Psithyrus sylvestris||Not recorded|
|Psithyrus vestalis||Vestal Cuckoo Bee||Occasional|
* ID still awaiting confirmation. These may be worn Bombus pascuorum?
is now known as Bombus.
Slonk Hill south
ID confirmed by Stuart Roberts
Mill Hill (lower slopes)
ID confirmed by Nigel Jones
Slonk Hill south
The hind tibia is convex in shape...and therefore a cuckoo bumble.
Comment & ID confirmed by Stuart Roberts
Bumblebee on Greater Knapweed
Bumblebee on Musk Thistle
The identity of these bumblebees need confirmation.
ID page (BRISC)
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