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Shrill Carder-bee - Bombus sylvarum - side view
Shrill Carder-bee - Bombus sylvarum - side view

The shrill carder-bee
Bombus sylvarum is an annual colony building insect species which belongs to the bumblebees. Bombus sylvarum are widespread in Germany and Europe although they are rare in the north (of europe or germany. They inhabit forest edges, parks, gardens, meadows, ditches and embankments. Bombus sylvarum prefer flat areas.
Shrill Carder-bee coverd with pollen
Shrill Carder-bee coverd with pollen
The queens are 16 to 18 mm in length, the drones 12 to 14 mm, and the workers 10 to 15 mm. The body of the Bombus sylvarum is hairy and yellow, brown and orange in colour. The colour contrasts are weaker than in other bumblebee species. Bombus sylvarum have a long head and a strikingly long proboscis.
Shrill Carder-bee front view
Shrill Carder-bee front view
Bombus sylvarum feed on nectar and pollen from a variety of plants. The flight period of queens begins in April, (that of the young Bombus sylvarum in July) and ends in late October. A colony comprises 80 to 100 insects. The nests are built in small animal burrows (mice holes).
Shrill Carder-bee back view
Shrill Carder-bee back view

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Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Shrill Carder-bee - Bombus sylvarum - side view
2. Shrill Carder-bee coverd with pollen
3. Shrill Carder-bee front view
4. Shrill Carder-bee back view
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