Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

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The Tree bumblebee or Bombus hypnorum was recorded as new to Britain in 2001, in southern England.  It's range rapidly expanded and was first recorded in Norfolk at Earlham Cemetery in 2008.

It's fairly simple to determine Bombus hypnorum. Look for a bee with a ginger thorax and black abdomen, tipped by a white tail. Just occasionally, melanic specimens may be found, in which the gingery thoracic hairs are replaced with dark ones.

For more information on how to identify this species, its distribution, habitat, biology and so on; please visit the BWARS (Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society) website OR download the Bombus hypnorum information sheet


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Photo: Bumblebee queen (Bombus hypnorum), Sandy, Bedfordshire © Copyright orangeaurochs and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.