Taxonomy

Bombus (Melanobombus) lapidarius | Large Red Tailed Bumble Bee

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Near threatened

Species Biology

Identification

  • Females are jet black with a red tail. They have black hairs on their hind leg
  • Females could be confused with females of Bombus ruderarius, but in this species the hairs on the hind leg are red
  • B. lapidarius males are also jet black with a red tail, but they have a yellow band at the top of the thorax and a yellow face. Note they have red hairs on their hind leg. 

Habitat

Found in a wide range of habitats, including parks and gardens. Has declined from the agricultural landscape.

Flight period

February-October 

Nesting biology

Nests underground in cavities

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Trifolium, Ballota, Lamium, Cirsium, Campanula, Salvia, Centaurea, Vicia, Carduus, Laburnum, Castanea, Acer, Prunus

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Palaearctic region

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2019

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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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