22 Jul 2020

Pollinator of the day #3 – Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum)

Ardd Fotaneg · Botanic Garden

The common carder bee is one of our most common bumblebees, with its distinctive ginger hair making it different to the other common species. Two other carder bees are found in the UK which can be difficult to separate from the common carder bee, the moss carder bee and the brown-banded carder bee, although these are much rarer. The common carder bee is found across the UK in a range of habitats and is usually one of the last of the bumblebees you’ll see flying around in late summer