Taxonomy

Bombus (Psithyrus) sylvestris | Four Coloured Cuckoo Bee

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Least concern

Species Biology

Identification

  • 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

Habitat

Widespread. Found in a range of habitats but most commonly recorded from heath, bog and woodland sites.

Flight period

April-August

Nesting biology

Breeds in nests of B. pratorum and probably B. jonellus

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Taraxacum, Scabiosa, Knautia, Centaurea, Carduus, Ribes, Castanea, Rubus

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Palaearctic region, Oriental border

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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