Step 1: Tail colour
Bumblebees fall into three rough groups based on tail colour: white-tailed (includes off-white to yellow), red-tailed, and ‘uniform-tailed’ bees, where the tail is the same colour as the rest of the abdomen (usually ginger).

Click on a tail colour below to identify a bumblebee:

White-tailed bumblebees

Red-tailed bumblebees

Ginger-yellow bumblebees

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