Taxonomy

Bombus (Pyrobombus) hypnorum

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not Assessed

Species Biology

Identification

  • Both sexes have a ginger thorax
  • Abdomen black with a white tail
  • Males with ginger hairs on the face and the anterior (front) end of the abdomen
  • Not likely to be confused with other species as the white tail and ginger thorax are distinctive
  • A new arrival in Ireland , first found in 2017

Habitat

A wide range of habitats are used but seems to favour wooded areas, parks, gardens and scrub. Can be readily seen in urban gardens.

Flight period

March-September

Nesting biology

An aerial nester, utilising old bird boxes, tree crevices or the eves of houses.

Flowers visited

Polylectic, foraging on species such as Rubus, Cotoneaster,  Salix, Prunus, Cirsium, Dipsacus, Lamium ,Rhododendron

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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References

Publications

  • Flowers visited and nesting biology: Falk & Lewington, 2015 Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland. Bloomsbury Press

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