Field Cuckoo Bumblebee - Bombus campestris

Description

Length 10 to 20 mm. A fairly large cuckoo bee. Queens have two yellow bands on the thorax, abdomen all black with greenish-yellow tip with extensive side patches, males are similar but with more extensive greenish-yellow areas on the abdomen.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Found nectaring in gardens, hedgerows and flower meadows.

When to see it

April to September. Queens emerge in April and May, males and new queens in July and August.

Life History

Parasitic in the nests of Bombus pascuorum.

UK Status

Widespread but not particularly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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