Buff-Tailed Bumblebee

The Buff-Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) is an insect in the Apidae family of bees. It is also known as the Large Earth Bumblebee. It is a pollinator.

The Buff-Tailed Bumblebee has a white-tailed abdomen and yellow bands. Its body has fluffy hairs. It has a rounded head with short antennae. 

Buff-Tailed Bumblebee

It grows to about 1-2 centimetres (less than one inch) in length. 

The Buff-Tailed Bumblebee is common in Europe. It is found in a wide range of habitats, such as fields, parks, scrublands, and forests. 

It feeds on pollen.

It lives in colonies of 300-400 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. 

It has four stages in its life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. 

Buff-Tailed Bumblebee
Buff-Tailed Bumblebee
Buff-Tailed Bumblebee
Buff-Tailed Bumblebee
Buff-Tailed Bumblebee

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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