Bombus (Pyrobombus) pratorum | Early Bumble Bee
- Red tail at the tip of the abdomen
- Females have a yellow band at the top of the thorax and another yellow band on the abdomen. The yellow abdomen band can sometimes be missing
- Males have a yellow band at the top of the thorax and another yellow band on the abdomen. They also have yellow hairs on their face
- B. pratorum is the smallest of the Irish bumblebees
Common and found in a wide range of habitats, including parks and gardens.
Nests underground as well as in aerial cavities, including bird boxes
Polylectic - Lamium, Trifolium, Ballota, Ribes, Aquilegia, Lupinus, Chelidonium, Castanea, Rubus, Solanum
Palaearctic region, Arctic border
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020
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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.