Bombus (Thoracombus) muscorum | Moss Carder-bee
- Distinctive blonde abdomen with no black hairs
- Thorax entirely covered with ginger hairs
- A unique form occurs on the Aran Islands (Bombus muscorum var. allenellus) that has black hairs on the sides of the thorax
Found in a range of flower-rich habitats, including parks and gardens.
Polylectic - Lamium, Stachys, Symphytum, Carduus, Centaurea, Calluna, Cirsium, Trifolium, Erica
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.