Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bombus hortorum

This is a female Bombus hortorum. You can tell by the two thoracic yellow stripes, the yellow abdominal one and the white behind. It is female as it has an (empty) pollen basket and 13 segments to its antennae (males have 12). It also has a very long face to accommodate its very long tongue. As a consequence of the latter it favours flowers with long corolla tubes such as foxgloves, Lamium species and clovers. 
This one was a little worse for wear. Hopefully not overcome by neonicotinoid poisoning.
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