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|Bombus lucorum (Linnaeus, 1761)|
Common name: white-tailed bumblebee
Bombus lucorum is a species of bumblebee, widespread and common in Crete and as in Europe as well.It is a very good pollinator. Here it sucks nectar gro levander flowers. Compared to other bumblebee species, the individuals of B. lucorum have shorter tongues, and this characteristic enable them to rob nectar. The worker bee uses the horny sheath around its tongue to make a hole through the flower, reaching the nectar without entering the flower. Therefore, the worker bee does not come in contact with the pollen while getting the nectar.
B. lucorum is closely related to B. terrestris, B. cryptarum, and B. magnus, with only few subtle differences in their morphologies. B. lucorum became a separate species from B. terrestris in the beginning of 20th century because of their morphological differences, male labial gland secretions, and mitochondrial DNA markers. While the workers of B. terrestris and B. lucorum are basically indistinguishable by their appearances as the queens of the two species have few identifiable differences in their morphologies. At the end of the abdomen, B. terrestris queens have orange hairs while those of B. lucorum have white hairs, from which their common name originated. Also, the yellow thorax hairs of B. terrestris have a tint of dull orange while those of B. lucorum are more lemon yellow in color. The width of the collar in B. terrestris workers is narrower than that in B. lucorum workers, and B. terrestris have very small dots in the ocellus-orbital-area and in the surface structure of the second tergite rim. However, all these morphological differences are too subtle to be reliable in differentiating between the two species, and only by using their genetic characteristics can they be identified reliably.
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I think this is an amazing sharp image with impressive clarity and details.
Exceptional capture. I like also the interesting blue colors of the plant.
- [2016-06-16 7:28]
I'm at work viewing this on my iPhone and it looks awesome. Exceptional detail and beautiful color tones. I like the white hairs on it's rear end which is not common here. The flower which runs diagonally across the frame is gorgeous as well. Exposure is perfect and you have obtained a nice blurred BG.
- [2016-06-16 11:40]
Hi Nikos,3 beautiful pics showing us this bombus from different points of view,impressive sharpness and elegant composition on the lavanda flowers,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
- [2016-06-17 6:57]
Excellent sharp detailed macro. Very beautiful colors and a fine composition. Nice DOF. The other WS photos look nice too.