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April 2020 - Red-tailed Bumblebee
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Red-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius
Red-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius

As its name suggests, the Red-tailed Bumblebee has clearly identified reddish-orange hairs on its back. In spring the queen comes out from hibernation and searches for a nest site and then collects nectar and pollen for her offspring - she already carries fertilized eggs.

Red-tailed Bumblebees have very short tongues so prefer flowers which are easy to land on like dandelions, thistles and daisies. Males don't have pollen baskets, so don't collect pollen.

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