Flight of the Bumble Bee

A Nature table explorer , Henry , captured these images with his phone while we were drinking coffee.

This is the Buff -tailed Bumblebee , looking at photos it is probably a male.

Latin name -Bombus terrestris

In the photo you can see amazing mouthparts. Bumble bees have a long reddish coloured tongue which is hairy at the end so they can soak up nectar.

This tongue is held inside a horny sheath called a maxilla and palps.

It’s amazing what you can capture on your phone camera. I always use mine on walks as it’s so easy to carry and use.


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