The Bumblebee And The Geranium

Early Bumblebee Bombus pratorum

I have always had a soft spot for bumblebees since I was a child which has never waned, but has actually deepened as I have got older. This bumblebee is one of my favourites and is called the Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum). I am always taken by the bands of yellow and the bright orange tail, although the middle band can be absent in some workers.


Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) on Pencilled Crane’s-bill (Geranium versicolor), rear garden, Staffordshire, England. May 2017.

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15 thoughts on “The Bumblebee And The Geranium

  1. I used to catch bumblebees in a jam jar (whilst pulling the heads off the roses!) which was all fine and dandy. Until I had to open the jar and let them go…. usually by unscrewing the lid and throwing the jar onto the grass and running away!

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