Sunday, 30 June 2013

Vestalis on musk

A Bombus vestalis cuckoo bumblebee on a musk thistle on the old platform in Willington station. She will, if things go to plan, find and take over a Bombus terrestris nest, killing its queen and getting the terrestris workers to raise her own young, which will be only males and females - no workers, so the nest will then die out. Not all bumblebees are hard workers!

Note: Ian Beavis has informed me that he believes this to be a male because of the length of antennae and non-smokey wings.

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