Heath Bumblebee - Very Active
The heath bumble bee is very active, rarely settling anywhere for long as it works its way around the heather flowers. Bombus jonellus (Heath Bumblebee) - queens and workers have two yellow bands on the thorax (collar and scutellum). On the abdomen there is a yellow band on the first and sometimes second segment. The tail is white. Males may have yellow hairs on face. However in the hebridean form the tail is buff or yellowish. The sub-species var. hebridensis is endemic to the Hebridean islands of Scotland.
The colonies of this bee are small - only up to 100 worker bees. The colonies exist until maybe SEptember, here in the Hebrides.
GENERAL BEE FACTS
How did the bumblebee get its name? Related to the Honeybee? Colonies, Temperature - Body Heat - Life Cycle of The Bumblebee - Hibernation and many more bumble facts
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