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Bumble bees and Cuckoo bees

Group: 
Bees, Wasps and Ants

Generally large, sturdy, hairy, social insects with distinctive colour patterns although some species are very similar. Cuckoo bees look similar but lay their eggs in bumble bee nests and so do not collect nectar.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Recent Records Guidance Notes

For more information about a species click/tap its photograph:

Small Garden Bumble-bee

Bombus hortorum

Heath Bumble-bee

Bombus jonellus

Large Red-tailed Bumble-bee

Bombus lapidarius

White-tailed Bumble-bee

Bombus lucorum

Tree Bumble-bee

Bombus hypnorum

Buff-tailed Bumble-bee

Bombus terrestris

Brown-banded Carder Bee

Bombus humilis

Common Carder Bee

Bombus pascuorum

Vestal Cuckoo-bee

Bombus vestalis