Welsh Bumbles

Last week we spent a lovely week in North Wales. I was lucky to spot two bumblebees that I haven’t yet seen here in Ireland.

Mountain bumblebees have been recorded in Ireland since 1974. As the name suggests they are associated with upland bogs and heaths, exactly the type of habitat I saw this one. They are a distinctive bumble with half the abdomen a rich orangey-red. Currently this species has only been recorded in the east and north of Ireland.

The second bumble is the Tree bumblebee. There is yet to be a confirmed record in Ireland. It was first recorded in Britain in 2001 and has been expanding it’s range since reaching the Welsh coast in 2012. As this bee likes to use aerial cavities to nest, such as holes in trees, it has been making use of bird nest-boxes in Britain. In fact, it is thought that the species is increasing because of the expansion of urban gardens throughout Europe, which the Tree bumble has been able to exploit for both forage and nesting resources. It’s a very distinctive bee with a uniform brown/ginger thorax with a white tail.

 

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10 thoughts on “Welsh Bumbles

  1. Miranda McCoy

    I was dead heading the lovely hanging basket that Ma n Pa brought me and I accidentally tickled a little fluffy bee. It was so sweet…I can see you fancy yourself a bee tickler! Lovely x

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      It was lovely and the kids got to spend valuable time with their grandparents. I think you’d like Wales – very scenic. Will probably blog a couple of photos over the week to come.

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  2. Jane

    What a beautiful Mountain Bumblebee and do admire your powers of recognition. Following your example, I can now identify the Buff-tailed bumble but sadly think that’s all I can do. Will have to carry a magnifying glass & a book around with me!

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