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The Common Carder Bumblebee is the only common bumblebee to have a completely ginger thorax. Although the abdomen also tends to be gingery, it is more variable in colour, and can be greyish or red. The coat tends to be rather scruffy-looking and is short. This species has a fairly long tongue and males can be distinguished from females as they have longer antennae.
Found in grassy habitats and gardens.
June to October.
Carder Bumblebees earn this name from their habit of combing material together (carding) to create a covering for the cells containing the larvae. This species creates its nests on the surface, in old mouse runs through grass, in tangles of vegetation or just under the surface of the soil. Colonies vary in size, and can contain up to 200 workers. Only young queens survive the winter; they establish new nests in spring.
This species is fairly common and widespread in Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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