Bee #7

The female red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) is a very large, black bumblebee with a big red ‘tail’.   It is a social bee, nesting in old burrows, or under stones and can be found in gardens, farmland, woodland edges, hedgerows and heathland: anywhere there are flowers to feed on. This was spotted on some Asters (if I can still call them that) in one of the walled terraces on St Michael’s Mount last week.


17 Comments Add yours

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Much nicer with fewer legs!

  2. restlessjo says:

    Beautiful shot, hon 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I took about a dozen photos of it trying to catch the red tail. It was moving awfully fast!

  3. Tish Farrell says:

    ‘Does my bum look beautiful in this?’ Fetching rusty tones on mauve 🙂

  4. Colline says:

    Looks different to the bees I normally see.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There are so many bees!

  5. BeckyB says:

    Took me a few moments to work out which way up it was! What a fabulous bee.

      1. BeckyB says:

        Best way to be if a bee!

  6. lifeinkarolingston says:

    So pretty bee! Beautiful photo! 😊

  7. Billy says:

    Wow, I have never seen a bee with a red tail before. Either that, I have always been running away from them with no time to admire them.

  8. This is such a beautiful picture!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Glad that you like it. Bees are so fascinating to watch.

  9. Natasha says:

    Very nice picture!

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