Four Coloured Cuckoo Bee - Bombus sylvestris


Body lengths, female 15 mm, male 14 mm.

Identification difficulty

To be seen around the nests of Bombus pratorum.

When to see it

Spring and summer.

Life History

Cuckoo Bumblebee of Bombus pratorum. Males tend to patrol mating circuits within 1 m of the ground.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map