Bumblebees of the World… (Recap)

by Darryl Cox, Senior Science & Policy Officer

In 2019, we did a whistle-stop tour of some of the most interesting bumblebee species from around the world, from species nesting in the Amazonian basin, to a newly discovered species in the Arctic Circle, it has been a fascinating educational journey. We are very grateful to all of our guest authors from around the world for their insightful contributions.

If you missed any of the articles you can catch up via the links below:

Bombus dahlbomii Photo credit: Michael Usher



Bombus dahlbomii – One of the world’s largest bumblebees known as the “Flying mouse”.

Bombus transversalis Photo credit: Mongabay.com



Bombus transversalis – The species capable of thriving in the extreme humidity and heat of the Amazon basin.

Bombus affinis
Photo credit: USFWS



Bombus affinis­­ – Guest author Liz Franklin explains the plight of the critically endangered Rusty-patched bumblebee in North America.

Bombus fraternus
Photo credit: J. C. Jones



Bombus fraternus – A look at the Southern Plains bumblebee and how it was classified as endangered by the experts at the IUCN.

Bombus cullumanus Photo credit: Natural History Museum London.



Bombus cullumanus – Guest contributor Paul Williams discusses the life history of Cullum’s bumblebee, a species which sadly went extinct in the UK in the 1940s and has declined in Western Europe.

Bombus rupestris
Photo credit: Peter Gravett



Bombus rupestris ­– A bumblebee world-tour would be incomplete without learning more about the fascinating lives of cuckoo bumblebees, starting with the Red-tailed cuckoo.

Bombus inexspectatus
Photo credit: Maurizio Cornalba



Bombus inexspectatus – From cuckoo bumblebees to social bumblebees with cuckoo tendencies – this interesting endangered species is one of two species, outside of the typical cuckoo bumblebee group to have evolved a seemingly parasitic way of life.

Bombus Eximius
Photo credit: Chawatat Thanoosing



Bombus eximiusChawatat Thanoosing and Paul Williams tell the story of this giant Orange-legged bumblebee from the Asian tropics.

Bombus gerstaeckeri
Photo credit: Denis Michez



Bombus gerstaeckeri – Guest blogger Denis Michez talks about one of the few bumblebee species with highly specialised feeding habits.

Bombus brodmannicus
Photo credit: Pierre Rasmont



Bombus brodmannicusDenis Michez tells us about this poorly understood and endangered species which has two fragmented populations separated by over 2,500km!

Bombus veteranus
Photo credit: John Smit



Bombus veteranusJohn Smit shares the story of the Sand-coloured carder bee in the Netherlands and the plans to rebuild the species’ population across the country.

Bombus kluanensis
Photo credit: Harry Taylor, © NHM digital imaging unit.



Bombus kluanensisOur bumblebee world tour ends with Paul Williams telling the story of one of the newest described bumblebees to science, the Arctic dwelling Kluane bumblebee.


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