Name: Common Carder Bumblebee
Scientific name: Bombus pascuorum
Nature Stars: 40
A very common bumblebee, emerges early in the spring and can be seen feeding on flowers right through to warm days in November. Found in gardens, farmland, woodland edges, hedgerows, heathland: anywhere there are flowers to feed on.
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How to identify: A brown and orange bumblebee, sometimes with darker bands on the abdomen. There are two similar species but these are much rarer bees.
Fantastic fact: Carder bumblebees rake moss from amongst leaf litter to cover their nests.
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