The Tree Bumblebee
Bombus hypnorum

The Tree Bumblebee
Bombus hypnorum arrived in S England in 2001, and is well established as far N as the Central Belt. A report has just come in (May 2017) of workers at Aberlour, so far the farthest north confirmed record. We must be aware now of the possibility that it is in or very close to Highland.   It is a very distinctive bee, with a brown/black/white pattern.  See the BWARS information sheet.

It can be confused with a very common hoverfly mimic,
Eristalis intricarius, which has only two (not four) wings, a dark patch on the wing, short antennae, partly pale legs, and has typical hoverfly flight. Steven Falk’s picture is here.

If you think you have seen a Tree Bumblebee in or near our area, please report it to HBRG, and to BWARS.  If in any doubt, please take a picture for confirmation.
Bombus hypnorum

Bombus hypnorum
Photo © Andre Karwath, source.
Eristalis intricarius

Eristalis intricarius
Photo © Sandy Rae, source.
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