Aigas Field Centre
Aigas Field Centre

The Life of Bumblebees

1 April, 2022. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

After a bout of warm, sunny weather around Aigas the first signs of spring have been eagerly welcomed by many of us here at the field centre. Peacock butterflies and red admirals have been spotted flying over newly flowering daffodils, and with each passing week, more and more moth species are finding their way into our moth traps. Another way marker that spring is getting going comes with the emergence of our bumblebees. There are seventeen species of bumblebee that can be found in the Highlands: thirteen of which live in social colonies, and four parasitic cuckoo bumblebee species. Some of the first bumblebees to be spotted include the early bumblebee, emerging between March and May, as well as the white-tailed and buff-tailed bumblebees which emerge from
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