Large carder bee

This little beauty is the large carder bee or Bombus muscorum.

Bombus muscorum

Bombus muscorum

While widespread in Ireland it is not common and classed are having a near threatened conservation status. I don’t get them in my garden so was real treat to find them on a visit to the north coast of Mayo earlier in the week. Here is the large carder (right) alongside the common carder (left).

You will notice the large carder on the right is larger is size and has a blonde abdomen.

18 thoughts on “Large carder bee

  1. jellis888

    Bees are very interesting insects. I have seen many fascinating ones, like the white-tailed bumblebee and the violet carpenter bee, and this one you found here, I would very much like to see in person! It looks like a very big bee.

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