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Bombus hypnorum in Hastings

The tree bumblebee, Bombus hypnorum, seems to be well established in Hastings now. This bumblebee was recorded as new to Britain in 2001 from Landford, Wilts. Marline Valley Nature Reserve, Hastings was one of the first places it was recorded in Sussex but it has been rarely recorded in Hastings since until this year.

Bombus hypnorum, Filsham Reedbed

I've seen the species in a number of sites this year. It has occurred in numbers foraging from Hebe in gardens along West Hill Road where I live and a record of a nest was sent to me from nearby in Maze Hill. I've also seen the species at Filsham Reedbed and Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve over the last couple of months and the most recent record was from Elphinstone Road near the ridge last week.

If anyone has seen this species elsewhere in Hastings please add a comment with the record. It is easy to identify with it's ginger thorax, black abdomen and white 'tail'.

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Having read your post on TREE BUMBLEBEE i would like to let you know that i found one of these bees in our local church yard in WESTFIELD only the other day, it was foraging in the grass only managed to take one photo before it flew off never to be seen again,i will be checking the area again to see if there are any more of these splended bees.
Dave Pankhurst
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave Pankhurst
None this year-but have a photo of one from last year-20 May 2011-Red Barn Field, Sedlescombe.
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColin Boyd

A Bombus hypnorum colony is in a nest box in my shed in silverhill.
I can send photos.
Mike Baker

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Baker

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