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White-Tailed bumblebee

Bombus lucorum

White-Tailed bumblebee

A close up photograph of a  White-tailed bumblebee Bombus lucorum with pollen baskets
Bombus lucorum Lodz by Jerzy Strzelecki (CC BY 3.0)
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The White-Tailed Bumblebee is common across Europe, but can be found in Japan too! They thrive in all kinds of habitats, doing well near suburban areas where there's plenty of gardens! They are incredibly similar to several other species and sub.species, like the Buff-tailed Bumblebee. These bees are prone to nectar robbing! Their tongues are too short of reaching the nectar of tubular flowers. Instead, they poke holes behind flowers, stealing the nectar. No plants are pollinated when they feed this way.


Pollinators of small open, flowers.
They are prone to robbing nectar of tubular flowers.


Adult: Bumblebee fur is typically brightly coloured and stripey. This is a form of warning colouration known as aposematic colouration. This mechanism is used by animals to warn predators they're dangerous. Queens, workers and males possess black-heads with white-tails. They have yellow collars with a thick yellow band that crosses the abdomen. Males tend to have brighter colouration and yellow facial hair. Tip: white-tailed bumblebee tails are snow-white, whereas a buff-tailed bumblebees tail will have some yellow-brown.











Europe and some parts of Japan.

Biological treatment

Bees can provide ecosystem services that are vital to sustaining environment! Attract them to your garden by planting an array of native bee-friendly plants, trees and bushes. Plant for each season. Reduce pesticides and herbicides, or remove them completely. Strim and mow lawns less often when less is in bloom.


A close up of a purple Cynara cardunculus flower in a garden


Cynara cardunculus

A close up of some ripe and unripe blackberry fruits on a Rubus fruticosus plant


Rubus fruticosus


Lavandula spp.

A close up of some purple Buddleja flowers in a garden


Buddleja spp.


Vicia spp.

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