Down at the Reserve.
5 queens foraging.
5 reinas buscando alimento
Buff-tailed Bumblebee in Wanaka
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Doing its thing in citrus blossom. Difficult to shot as they are always moving.
So hopefully got enough to get a species level ID.
A bumblebee robbing a kowhai flower.
A bumblebee robbing a kowhai flower. In other words, it's stealing the nectar by bitting in through the side of the flower, without getting any pollen on it for pollination. (Silvereyes do the same thing.)
Bombus terrestris, the buff-tailed bumblebee or large earth bumblebee is one of the most numerous bumblebee species in Europe. The queen is 2–2.7 cm long, while the workers are 1½–2 cm. The latter are characterized by their white-ended abdomens and look (apart from their yellowish bands being darker in direct comparison) just like those of the white-tailed bumblebee, B. lucorum, a close relative. The queens of B. terrestris have the namesake buff-white abdomen ("tail") tip; this area is...