Tree Bumblebee - Bombus hypnorum


Queens, workers and males all tend to have black heads, tawny or darker gingery brown thorax, and a blackish abdomen with a white tail. There is considerable variation with some very dark examples whilst others are predominantly tawny.

Identification difficulty

Often seen visiting flowers.

When to see it

April to July peaking from late May to June.

Life History

Have been recorded several times nesting in bird boxes in the UK.

UK Status

First recorded in the UK in 2001 it is expanding its range steadily, but is still most frequent in the south-east.

VC55 Status

A recent arrival in Leicestershire and Rutland. It will be interesting to see how quickly it becomes established in our area.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Tree Bumblebee
Species group:
Bees, Wasps, Ants
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
30/08/2010 (Skevington, Mark)
Last record:
19/06/2024 (Hunt, Graham)

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