Bombus (Psithyrus) vestalis | Vestal Cuckoo Bee
Not evaluated - in the 2006 Red List it was impossible to determine with certainty if it was established in Ireland
- Cuckoo bumblebee
- White tail with very distinctive bright yellow flashes where the tail meets the black of the abdomen
- Females have one orange/yellow band at the top of the thorax
- Males have two yellow bands on the thorax and a yellow band at the top of the abdomen
- Can be confused with B. barbutellus, B. sylvestris but particularly B. bohemicus
Had not been recorded since 1926 until it was rediscovered in St Enda's Park, Rathfarmham (Dublin) in 2014. Current habitat associations in Ireland unknown.
Flight period in Ireland currently unknown.
Breeds in nests of B. terrestris
Polylectic - Carduus, Cirsium, Centaurea
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.