The Red-Tailed Bumblebee is considered one of the more common species in Europe. It can thrive in an array of habitats, from urbanised gardens, to open countryside and farmland. They'll visit a variety of plants in the garden, choosing to nest underground or inside abandoned bird boxes. New queens emerge from June onwards to mate with the male bees (or drones), before finding a suitable place to sleep through the winter.
Excellent pollinators in spring and summer.
Adults: These bees are quite big - the queen is as large as 2cm, and the workers are much smaller, reaching only 1-1.2cm; the males are smaller again. Queens and workers are mostly black, with a crimson-ginger tail. Males are similar but possess an additional yellow collar and yellow facial hair.
The UK and Ireland; Europe
Attract bees to your garden by planting a selection of native nectar-rich plants and wildflowers. Make effort to reduce or cut out on herbicides and pesticides, or by cutting back weeds less often.