Bombus (Psithyrus) sylvestris | Four Coloured Cuckoo Bee
- Cuckoo bumblebee
- Females have a white tail and one yellow/orange band at the top of the thorax
- In females the end of abdomen and the sting are strongly curled under the body
- Males have a white tail with a ginger/red tip. They have one yellow band at the top of the thorax and a smaller yellow band at the base of the thorax
- Can be confused with B. bohemicus, B. barbutellus and B. vestalis
Widespread. Found in a range of habitats but most commonly recorded from heath, bog and woodland sites.
Breeds in nests of B. pratorum and probably B. jonellus
Polylectic - Taraxacum, Scabiosa, Knautia, Centaurea, Carduus, Ribes, Castanea, Rubus
Palaearctic region, Oriental border
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2018
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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.