Taxonomy

Bombus (Subterraneobombus) distinguendus | Great Yellow Bumble Bee

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

ENDANGERED

Species Biology

Identification

  • One of our rarest bumblebees
  • This distinctive bee is almost completely bright yellow, apart from a black band across the middle of the thorax

Habitat

Currently associated with machair, flower rich sand dunes and dry calcareous grassland but previously known from a wider range of habitat types

Flight period

April-September

Nesting biology

Underground nesting

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Vicia, Trifolium, Centaurea, Succisa, Lamium

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Palaearctic region

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2018

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References

Publications

Conservation status: FitzPatrick Ú., Murray T.E., Byrne A., Paxton R.J., Brown M.J.F. (2006) Regional Red List of Irish Bees, Publ. Rep. to National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland) and Environment and Heritage Service (N. Ireland). http://www.npws.ie/publications/red-lists

Flowers visited & World distribution: Westrich, P. (1989) Die Wildbienen Baden-Württembergs. Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart, Germany.

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