I was very pleased to see and photograph my first specimen of a Tree Bumblebee, Bombus hypnorum today.
This species was first recorded in 2001 and has been spreading across the United Kingdom, the first time a new species of bumblebee has colonised the UK in 150 years. It seems to be spreading where many other species are in decline and that is one reason why why there is a close interest in its movement.
The bee is differently coloured to other Bumblebees, so keep your eyes peeled too! Look out for a ginger thorax, and black abdomen with a very white tail. Great link here with a video. I have submitted my records , so filling in another little bit of the map recording their progress.
These bees are a short tongued variety and prefer to feed on shallow flowers, such as fruit blossom, brambles, raspberry and willow herb. With the decline in numbers of other bee species, a successful fruit pollinator such as the Tree bumblebee has to be thought of as a valuable asset.