I’m not going to apologise for writing another post on bees so quickly. It’s not going to be long before their buzz will have completely disappeared from our gardens and we will have to wait for 2009 to see them again.
There are some decidedly scruffy bumblebees in the garden at the moment. If they have been around all summer their wings get raggedy and their colour fades, and sometimes they get caught in the rain, like this B. pascuorum above.
Others just get so tired that they bumble onto the ground, like this B. pascuorum, and sit there looking completely knackered. Basically I think they are. This one could hardly find the strength to take off again.
Then there are the ones who look like they have lost quite a bit of their hair.
This very dark bumblebee (as yet unidentified) was looking decidedly strange with his punk brown hairstyle, while his lower half (abdomen) was almost completely bald.
No doubt I will look back on these photos in the depths of winter and these raggedy little creatures will cheer me up.
Oh god I can’t believe it, I’m already looking forward to next Spring!