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problems in identification

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These pictures may help illustrate the problems of identification arising from fading and age. As new pictures become available, they will be added to help overcome remaining worries. However, it must be emphasised that because of these factors, bumblebee identification remains an uncertain science. Experience brings knowledge of particular individuals that it may not be possible to identify in the field and this will have to be accepted. Other insects should become more obvious with experience. I have tried to include different phases, but will add more when they become available. Bumblebees appear easy to know - large and colourful - but are tricky and confusing but always fun to watch and get to know.

 

TRUE BUMBLEBEES

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bumblebee, Bombus hortorum w
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bumblebee, Bombus hortorum m
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bumblebee, Bombus humilis m
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bumblebee, Bombus humilis q
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bumblebee, Bombus hypnorum m
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bumblebee, Bombus hypnorum w
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bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius w
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bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius m
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bumblebee, Bombus lucorum m
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bumblebee, Bombus lucorum q
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bumblebee, Bombus lucorum w
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bumblebee, Bombus ruderarius w
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bumblebee, Bombus ruderatus w
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bumblebee, Bombus soroeensis w
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bumblebee, Bombus sylvarum m
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bumblebee, Bombus sylvarum w
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bumblebee, Bombus terrestris mq
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bumblebee, Bombus terrestris w

CUCKOO BUMBLEBEES

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cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus barbutellus f
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cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus barbutellus m
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cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus bohemicus f
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cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus bohemicus m
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cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus campestris f
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cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus campestris m dark
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cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus campestris m light
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cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus rupestris f
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cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus sylvestris f
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cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus sylvestris m
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cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus vestalis f
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cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus vestalis m

 

 

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