|Me in the Radio York studio!|
My interview on BBC Radio York with Jonathan Cowap
|The meadowy bit of Geltsdale|
|Not so easy to see!|
- Generally the first fact I do whenever I do insects is how common they are and where they are found. Well the bottom line for this one it seems is that it's very common.
- This is relatively interesting as I haven't seen many. myself. Maybe I don't know what they look like in comparison to others.*
- Weirdly, whenever I do insects as well, they get less common the further North and East you go. Well, not in this one!
- The only place it doesn't seem common is in Ireland. There's still a couple there though! This might be because not many people report them. You don't know.
|But ok when you get close|
- *Well, they look rather different to any other Bumblebees that I have ever covered in my blog, they look more like a Honeybee in shape, and from the top, a Yellow front and a Black back.
- The 'Carder' Bee gets its name from the way they group materials such as wool and other materials together. Another name for this is 'Carding'. Dictionary Definition. They do this to create cover for the larvae.
- They are found most commonly flying from June to October but they can bee ( it had to bee said at come point :-) seen from March to November.
|Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum)|
on Devils Bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis)
- The colonies that they have up to 200 workers in them and only young queens survive Winters and get new nests in Spring.
- Carder Bees are found in the usual bee-y place, meadows, other grassy areas, sometimes they are found even in gardens!
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