Heath Bumblebee

We only occasionally get these little heath bumblebees in our garden. As the name suggests they are more common in upland areas, particularly bogs and heaths but they are recorded in gardens too.  I took these photos on the shores of Lough Cullin here in County Mayo, last weekend.

Bombus jonellus

Bombus jonellus Queen

There was a couple of queens and one very small worker, who practically dissappeared into the flowers as it searched for pollen and nectar.

Bombus jonellus

Bombus jonellus worker

Heath bumblebees are one of the smallest of Ireland’s white tailed bumbles and they have three yellow brands making them look quite yellow.

 

10 thoughts on “Heath Bumblebee

  1. janesmudgeegarden

    Those photos are so beautifully clear, and give us a good idea of what this little bumblebee is like. We don’t have bumblebees in mainland Australia, unfortunately.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      No you can often find more than one queen feeding together – particularly if it is a good food source.

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