The White-Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) is an insect in the Apidae family. It is a pollinator, because it collects pollen.
The White-Tailed Bumblebee has fluffy hairs with two bright yellow bands and a pure white tail. One yellow band is at the collar on the front of the thorax and the other yellow band is in the middle of the abdomen. It has a rounded head with short antennae.
It grows to about 1-2 centimeters (half to one inch) long.
The White-Tailed Bumblebee is found in a wide range of habitats across Europe. It prefers fields, parks, scrublands, and forests.
The White-Tailed Bumblebee lives in colonies of about 150 individuals, with a queen bee, and worker bees.
The queen bee selects a nest site and worker bees build a large nest above gound and sometimes in bird boxes.
The White-Tailed Bumblebee has four stages in its life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
Location of photographs: Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM