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New Bee Species Settles in Iceland

The new garden bumblebee (Lat. Bombus hypnorum), known as raudhumla in Icelandic, has settled in the country. The bee has been spotted on a few occasions since 2008 but earlier this month in Hveragerdi, a new garden bumblebee queen was spotted for the first time.

The new garden bumblebee. Photo by Erling Ólafsson. Copyright: The Icelandic Institute of Natural History.

According to the Icelandic Institute of Natural History news website, many new insects have settled in Iceland in recent years, most likely because of the warming climate.

These new settlers aren’t usually noticed by many people but the new garden bumblebee is likely to catch Icelanders’ attention due to its red color, hence the Icelandic name raudhumla, “red bumble bee.”

The Institute of Natural History asks those who notice the new garden bumblebee in their gardens to report it.

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