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Buff-tailed bumble bee (Bombus terrestris)


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This is a very common bumblebee which has black and lemon-yellow bands and a whiish 'tail'. B.terrestris is only likely to be confused with the similar B. lucorum In B.terrestris, the end of the abdomen is usually buff coloured and generally appears less white or as distinct as that of B. lucorum. B. lucorum is similar to B.terrestis, and best distinguished by it's more lemon yellow banding, rather than the typical darker yellow banding of B. terrestis . There are two yellow bands (one on both thorax and abdomen) and the end of the abdomen is pure white

6th Oct 2011

Biology, Environmental Science, Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Geocode: Hyde Hall, Essex

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