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Gypsy cuckoo bee, Bombus bohemicus. by inkedsandra

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Gypsy cuckoo bee, Bombus bohemicus. by 

A new find for me, ID verified with the bumblebee consevation trust
Found on a Inula hookerii flower in Blackburn, Lancashire,UK. A cuckoo bumblebee, like the bird it is named after, lays its eggs in another bumblebee’s nest and leaves the workers of that nest to rear the young. Of course the eggs she lays are either females or males (there are no queens). The cuckoo females emerge from hibernation in late spring or early summer, much later than ordinary bumblebee queens. So by the time the cuckoo females have emerged the bumblebee queens will have already established their nests. Cuckoo bumblebees usually have the same pattern of hair colour as the bumblebees’ nests they lay in. This one mainly attacks white tailed bumble bees.
Taken with a canon 450D and a canon 100mm macro lens.

Almost retired,and a photography addict! I own a canon 7D and 5 canon lenses. I love playing in photoshop! I’m a fan of HDR if it isn’t too overdone.I also dabble in fractal art occasionally.

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  • Vitta
    Vittaover 4 years ago

    Excellent macro!!

  • Thanks Vitta

    – inkedsandra

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 4 years ago

    Brilliant! Both the work and the fabulous color!

  • Thanks Karen…first time I have seen one of these.

    – inkedsandra

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 4 years ago

    wonderful work..fantastic macro and colors..

  • Thanks Anna

    – inkedsandra

  • Rafferty-Evans
    Rafferty-Evansover 4 years ago

    Very nice macro work, and I love the yellow!!!!

  • Thanks Lee-Anne

    – inkedsandra

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thanks Sylvia

    – inkedsandra

  • sandraharris10
    sandraharris10over 4 years ago

    You learn something every day ! Never seen one of these Sandra. Good capture ;-)

  • Neither have I before this one!

    – inkedsandra

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    Love reading the info on your bees, Sandra. Fabulous shot!!! :-)xx

  • Thanks Brenda…yes, I am keen on my bees!

    – inkedsandra

  • klikker
    klikkerover 4 years ago

  • Thanks, a nice surprise this morning.

    – inkedsandra

  • haya1812
    haya1812over 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture:-))

  • Thanks very much.

    – inkedsandra

  • Matt Jones
    Matt Jonesover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thanks Matt.

    – inkedsandra

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