Taxonomy

Bombus (Psithyrus) campestris | Field Cuckoo Bee

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

VULNERABLE

Species Biology

Identification

  • Cuckoo bumblebee
  • Brown-yellow tail
  • Queens have two dark orange-yellow bands on the thorax and a small orange-brown tail
  • Males also have two dark orange-yellow bands on the thorax, but the brown-yellow tail extends to more than half of the abdomen

Habitat

Not common. Known from a range of habitat types.

Flight period

April-October

Nesting biology

Breeds in nests of B. pascuorum and also probably B. muscorum, B. ruderarius & B. sylvarum

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Taraxacum, Scabiosa, Knautia, Vicia, Centaurea, Carduus

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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