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Large bumble bee

Observed: 21st September 2013 By: retreeval
Large bumble bee
Large bumble bee
Large bumble bee

Bumble bee over 25mm body length, with white tail, feeding off heather along track in moutainous pine woodland

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus (Bombus) lucorum) interacts


stevegregory's picture

wide deep collar

The yellow collar at front thorax reaches the tegulae (ie wing attachment) and on the sides dips well below the tegulae. This is said to be characteristic of Bombus magnus - a bumble found in Scotland. Anyone have any thoughts?

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ID Comment

I agree this has magnus-like coloration. However, the phenotypic boundaries in the lucorum group don't marry up with the genotypic boundaries. Best to record this a B.lucorum sl and comment that it has magnus-type markings

Chairman BWARS

stevegregory's picture

Thanks Stuart

That's very useful information,

Best wishes