Early Nesting Bumblebee - Bombus pratorum

Scientific Name: Bombus pratorum.

English Name: Early Nesting Bumblebee.

French Name: Bourdon des prés.

5 Key Characters:
  • Relatively small for a bumblebee.
  • Yellow collar, yellow 2nd abdominal segment, orange-red tail.
  • Rather shaggy.
  • Appears early in the spring and disappears before summer is over.
  • Often seen on soft fruit flowers in gardens.
Lookalikes: Red-tailed Bumblebee B. lapidarius, which are bigger and have no (or much less) yellow.

Habitat: May nest in old bird nests, bird boxes or holes in trees well above ground, but also at the base of bushes. Often in gardens and visits a range of shrubs and perennials, especially Raspberries and Blackberries.

Flight Period: March-April-May-June-July-August-September-October.

Status: Common.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

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