Get to know your bumbles ��
There have already been one or two brave bumblebees spotted buzzing around East Lothian and it won’t be long before they all emerge from hibernation. Now is the easiest time to get started with bumblebee ID as the season starts with just queens. Large and not too speedy, they are perfect for beginners. Sit in the sun by a promising patch of flowers and see what turns up!
Red-tailed bumblebee (has a red tail otherwise all black)
Buff-tailed bumblebee (has a buff tail and some yellow stripes
Early bumblebee (has an orange tail and some yellow stripes)
Common Carder bumblebee (orangey all over)