Rare flower, bumblebee discovery in England

Red star-thistle

From Wildlife Extra:

Rare bumblebee and critically endangered thistle

September 2011: Rare plant and insect species have been spotted at Kent Wildlife Trust‘s Darland Banks nature reserve close to the Medway towns.

The very unusual sight of a mound of red star-thistles playing host to brown-banded carder bumblebees was recorded by Plantlife project manager Richard Moyse, on a visit to the chalk grassland site last week.

The bumblebees of the subgenus Subterraneobombus: integrating evidence from morphology and DNA barcodes (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Bombus): here.

6 thoughts on “Rare flower, bumblebee discovery in England

  1. ‘Extinct’ loner bee lives in Sussex

    CONSERVATION: A species of bee believed to be extinct in Britain has been found after 65 years, a study revealed yesterday.

    The solitary bee Halictus eurygnathus was last seen in Britain in 1946, but has now been found at seven sites in East Sussex, according to research by entomologist Steven Falk.

    He said: “I discovered that the main requirement of the bee is an abundance of greater knapweed, which is one of the special flowers of chalk grassland.”



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