Saturday, May 28, 2011
Local Bee Visitors
Bee Common carder bumble bee - Bombus pascuorum
Common carder bumble bee - Bombus pascuorum . It is a surface-nesting bumble bee which constructs its nest in cavities such as old mouse runs and among mats of moss in lawns.Nests can contain up to 200 workers. Only the young fertilised queen survives the winter, having hibernated in a protected place such as a hole or under moss. She emerges in spring, either starting up her own colony or taking over an existing one. The queen makes pots of wax and pollen into which the first eggs are laid.This species is a long-tongued bee which prefers flowers with a long flower tube such as red and white clover and lavender and members of the Labiate family.