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Where the Bee Sucks

Wednesday 5th September 2001, West Yorkshire

honeysucklebumble beeA MARMALADE-coloured bumble bee with slight banding on the abdomen hovers by a Honeysuckle flower As you'd expect, like the moths that are attracted to these tubular flowers, it has a long tongue. It seems like a last glimpse of summer.

It could be Bombus pascuorum a bumble bee with a thin coat which can range from black to foxy red. It remains active in the autumn later than other species.

This cool, rainy, autumnal day seems such a contrast to the recent sunny summer days I spent sketching at Brimham Rocks. It's hard to believe that was just a week ago. next page

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

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