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Rare Ruderal Bumblebee population found in Wales not seen in fifty years


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A population of a rare bumblebee known as the Ruderal bumblebee (Bombus ruderatus) has been discovered in Wales.

The Ruderal bumblebee is one of the largest bumblebee species, and is thought to be largely restricted to the south of England after a considerable decline through the 20th century.

However, earlier this week, two staff from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust found a number of newly emerged Ruderal bumblebee queens foraging on foxglove near Brechfa in central Carmarthenshire.

Welsh records show that none have been recorded in Carmarthenshire since 1973.

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2022-06-23/rare-bumblebee-not-seen-in-fifty-years-found-in-wales

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-61921073

https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/white-tailed-bumblebees/ruderal-bumblebee/

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'Bombus ruderatus'! * much sniggering * :lol:

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