Two weeks ago I found a shrill carder bee Bombus sylvarum on the Dungeness RSPB reserve, and as it was the first British specimen of this bee I have seen I took a voucher specimen. This might seem an odd practice for someone always banging on about bee conservation, and I admit to feeling guilty afterwards. I’m glad I did though, for two reasons.
The following week several similar, though rather worn looking bees were observed in the same area. Closer examination with Geoff Allen and Nikki Gamans revealed that they were a different species, a type of flower bee Anthophora furcata (thanks to Dave Walker for the following photo).
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