Taxonomy

Bombus (Psithyrus) barbutellus | Barbut's Cuckoo Bee

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

ENDANGERED

Species Biology

Identification

  • Cuckoo bumblebee
  • White tail
  • Two yellow bands on thorax
  • Males also have a yellow band at the top of the abdomen
  • Can be confused with B. bohemicus, B. sylvestris and B. vestalis

Habitat

Widespread but not common. Habitat associations unclear.

Flight period

March-September

Nesting biology

Breeds in nests of Bombus hortorum

Flowers visited

Polylectic

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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