Taxonomy

Bombus (Megabombus) hortorum | Small Garden Bumble Bee

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Least concern

Species Biology

Identification

  • White tail
  • Two yellow bands on the thorax and one yellow band on the abdomen
  • Head significantly longer than wide when looked at face-on
  • Can be confused with Bombus jonellus, but in this species the face is short and heart-shaped

Habitat

Common and found in a wide range of habitats, including parks and gardens.

Flight period

February-November

Nesting biology

Nests underground in cavities

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Lamium, Trifolium, Ballota, Carduus, Vicia, Impatiens, Digitalis, Stachys

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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