25 June 2014

Introduction to bumblebee identification

Did you know there are 24 species of bumblebee in the UK? Find out how to identify our garden visitors on a day workshop with our Natural Sciences team.

In this practical workshop, you will learn how to tell:

  • bees from wasps
  • solitary bees from the social bees
  • bumblebee mimics from true bumblebees
  • the sex and caste of bees
  • identify the common eight species
  • common species from the very similar but rarer species

You will also find out more about bumblebee enemies, sexual behaviour, colony behaviour, flower visiting, collecting and recording.

There will be an opportunity to pin out an insect for identification. If you have your own microscope and collection of bumblebees to be identified please bring them along, but this is not essential.

The workshop may include a visit to Brandon Hill to catch and identify real live bees (weather permitting).

An event for National Insect Week, which encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects, organised by the Royal Entomological Society.