Dumfries and Galloway added a new species to its list of wildlife this summer with the arrival of the Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum.
Tree Bumblebees first colonised Britain only 10 years ago, and have since been spreading rapidly northwards. DGERC had hoped to find evidence of the bee as part of the Bugs in Gardens surveys, which highlighted this species as one to look out for. The distinctive black, ginger and white pattern is unlike most other bumblebees in the UK. Unfortunately the poor summers of 2011 and 2012 failed to produce confirmed sightings.
But the raised awareness of the bee was not wasted, as when keen local wildlife recorder Alison Robertson spotted the distinctively marked bumblebee on flowers in her garden, she soon recognised the newcomer and quickly photographed it as a record of her sighting.
This is one species to look out for next summer as it is likely to spread further in the region. Please report any sightings with photographs to DGERC.