Tree Bumblebees in Scotland

The Bugs Count is throwing up some interesting results already!  There are three records of Tree Bumblebees in Scotland - potentially very exciting.  Anyone else seen them up there?  If you do see one, please send in a photo if you can, and ideally register on the OPAL site before you submit a record, so that we can trace it back to you and get in touch if we need to.  Tree Bumblebees haven't been found that far north before so if we can confirm these sightings with photos then we have a brilliant new discovery on our hands!

It's great to see the bug 'totaliser' (as our web editor calls it) increasing by the minute.  24,268 invertebrates recorded so far - that's fantastic!  Loads of Species Quest records have been coming in too, straight on to the website as well as via email. Keep up the good work.  All of these results help us to better understand how invertebrates are being affected by our buildings, towns and cities.

And thanks to those who have sent in their bug photos and drawings - we'll be creating galleries of these online soon.  In the mean time, here's a link sent to us today showing some great bug photos... 



Bug tote showing 65,942 at

Simon Norman's picture

Bug tote showing 65,942 at 9.30am on 13 June. Around 40,000 more bugs spotted this weekend - which, given it was rainy and cloudy almost everywhere for at least part of the weekend, is pretty good!