4 Comments on “Mrs. Bumble’s Progress.

    • You are correct, Emily and I have changed the post title as a result. Thanks for pointing out my mistake. 🙂

      How to tell the difference between male and female bumble bees:

      1. The rear legs of female bumble bees have a shiny, flat pollen basket fringed with long hairs. In fact any bumblebee carrying pollen will be a female, as males do not have a pollen basket.
      2. The male antennae has 13 segments and the female 12.
      3. The female abdomen has 6 segments, and male 7. However this is very difficult to see in a live bumblebee because of the hairs.

      • Ah thanks for the info – I hadn’t known about the antennae and abdomen segments!

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