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White-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lucorum)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Apidae
Genus: Bombus (BOM-bus) (Info)
Species: lucorum

Members' Notes:


On Oct 1, 2008, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

The Queen Bumblebee overwinters under moss or similar, emerging early in spring. She will make a nest of small wax pots in which she lays her eggs, fertilised the previous year when males emerge later in summer. The males are not allowed to re-enter the nest and will eventually die along with female workers and the old queen when cold weather arrives. They will often nest in old vole holes under ground, once sterile female workers have hatched they help with nest building and feeding the young on nectar and pollen.

The males and workers can be confused with B. terrestris, as they generally have paler stripes and off white tails compared to B. terrestris queens. The queen of B. lucorum is generally smaller than the B. terrestis queen.

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On Sep 29, 2007, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenées
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a common european bumble bee, appearing very early in the year. It nests underground. A beneficial insect.