Tree Bumblebee

The Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) is a common insect. It is also known as the New Garden Bumblebee.

The Tree Bumblebee is usually ginger-coloured on its thorax, with black hairs on its abdomen. Its tail is white. It has a rounded head and a short proboscis (nose).

Tree Bumblebee

Tree Bumblebee

It grows to about 1-2 centimeters (half to one inch) long.

The Tree Bumblebee is native to Europe and some parts of Asia. It is not found in the Mediterranean, the Balkans, or the steppes of eastern Europe. It prefers habitats that other bees don’t live in. It also lives near human settlements and forests.

It is diurnal, active during the day.

It is a pollinator and collects pollen from flowers.

The Tree Bumblebee lives in colonies of about 150 individuals, with worker bees. There are three worker groups in the colony. They are dominant workers, subordinate workers, and foragers.

It lives in holes in trees. The queen bee selects a nest site and worker bees build a large nest above gound and sometimes in bird boxes.

The Tree Bumblebee has four stages in its life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

Tree Bumblebee

Location of photographs: Paris, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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