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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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17 May, 2014

Common carder bee: not a rolling stone

The common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) is the most common carder bee. Unlike a rolling stone it collects moss! it uses this to cover its nest, hence the term carder or gatherer. Nests can be quite large with over a hundred workers.
This bee is almost totally ginger brown but it has dark hairs on the abdomen which distinguish it from
similar, but rarer, species.
This is a very common bee in gardens, especially in mid summer, on a wide range of flowers but it favours pea-type and nettle type flowers as well as being very fond of foxgloves. It is a widespread species, occurring in all sorts of habitat and is often found in woodlands.
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