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Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebee

Observed: 14th May 2013 By: anonymous spotter
Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebee

This is the commonest Cuckoo Bumblebee for Norfolk and is parasitic on the Buff-tailed Bumblebee. It has a yellow collar and a lemon flash at the boundary between the white and black on the abdomen, narrowing at the centre. As with all cuckoo bees there is no pollen basket.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Martin Harvey's picture

agree, probably!

You're very likely correct in calling this Bombus vestalis, but I don't think I could be certain of distinguishing it from Bombus bohemicus from the photo alone, so can't click on "I agree", even though I probably do!

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