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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map