Field Cuckoo Bumblebee - Bombus campestris


    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

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

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