A bumblebee walk at Forest Farm

Today I joined a group of enthusiasts led by Sinead Lynch of Bumblebee Conservation. It was an overcast day as we walked amongst rough grassland stopping to catch or photograph the many bumblebees flying and feeding on the Himalayan balsam, knapweed and other flowering plants. Of course, there were lots of other interesting creatures apart from bees inclduing a particularly high number of large orb weavers amongst the long grass many of which seemed to be trapping small crickets and grasshoppers. We spotted red-tailed bumblebees, cuckoo bees and a huge queen who evaded photographic ‘capture’!

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