White-tailed bumblebees

This category of bumblebees is further sub-divided by yellow colouring to aid identification.

Please refer to the individual species pages for images and detailed descriptions of each species.

Ginger thorax

Tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

Also be aware of:
Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) – dark individuals can have near-black abdomens, but never have a clear white tail.

One yellow band

Southern cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus vestalis)
Forest cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus sylvestris)
Gypsy cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus bohemicus)

Also be aware of:
Early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) – workers frequently lose their yellow abdominal band and have a very pale orange tail.

Two yellow bands

Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)
White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum)
Northern white-tailed bumblebee (Bombus magnus)
Cryptic white-tailed bumblebee (Bombus cryptarum)
Broken-belted bumblebee (Bombus soroeensis)

Also be aware of:
Southern cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus vestalis) – males frequently have yellow midriff bands.
Gypsy cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus bohemicus) – males frequently have yellow midriff bands.
Forest cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus sylvestris) – males have a yellow abdominal band (but the two-tone white and red tail is distinctive).
White-tailed bumblebee complex (Bombus lucorum agg.) – males are often extensively yellowed.

Three yellow bands

Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum)
Heath bumblebee (Bombus jonellus)
Barbut’s cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus barbutellus)
Ruderal bumblebee (Bombus ruderatus)
Short-haired bumblebee (Bombus subterraneus)

Also be aware of:
Southern cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus vestalis) – males frequently have yellow midriff bands.
Gypsy cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus bohemicus) – males frequently have yellow midriff bands.
White-tailed bumblebee complex (Bombus lucorum agg.) – males are often extensively yellowed.

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