Bombus hortorum

13th June 2009, Saturday

Garden Bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) is one of four species found visiting flowers in my garden at present, the bees are particularly attracted to the flowers of Honeysuckle. This species of bee has a very long tongue so has no trouble reaching the nectar. The tongue can easily be seen unfolding as the bee approaches the flowers, if the flowers are close together the tongue if often kept extended.

Bombus hortorum approaching Honeysuckle flower with tongue extended.