|Copyright: sarah mansoor (nutcracker)
|Date Taken: 2005-06-15|
|Camera: Nikon Coolpix 3200|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-06-23 7:04|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The brown-banded carder bee B. humilis is one of the 24 species of bumblebee or cuckoo bee. This tawny coloured species has a characteristic brown band on the upper surface of the abdomen, hence the common name. Three 'castes' occur within bumblebee nests, a 'queen' (the reproductive female), 'workers' (non-reproductive females) and males. All three castes are broadly similar in appearance, but males can be distinguished as they lack stings and have longer antennae than females. Many people find bumblebees difficult to tell apart and are therefore surprised to discover there are so many species.|
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I love the composition of this photo - very pleasant positioning.