Nature Diary

First Bumblebee Of The Year (Plus A Bee Fly)

I’m pleased to say that yesterday (March 17th) I managed to see my first bee of the year – which is a sure sign of spring on the way.

Apologies for the less-than-perfect photo but this was the white-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) I saw. I followed her for quite some time trying to get a decent photo but she certainly wasn’t wasting any time! I assume it was a queen due to the size and the time of year and she was busy checking out every little hold she could find as a potential nest site.

White-Tailed Bumblebee
White-Tailed Bumblebee

Closeby I also found a bee fly (Bombylius major) on the same area of the Sussex Downs.

Bee Fly (Bombylius major)
Bee Fly (Bombylius major)

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