The Early Bumblebee is a small, fluffy bumblebee that's active as early as February. These bees are relatively abundant in Britain, and one of the first species to arise from hibernation. It's one of the red-tailed species in Europe, but the hue of red can vary between individuals. Find these bees buzzing around white clover, thistles, sage, lavender, and Allium; they thrive in the garden, in open spaces and countryside habitats. They like to nest in abandoned birdboxes, but will also reuse the nests of small rodents!
Perfect pollinators for early blooms.
Adults: These bees are easy to tell apart from species such as the red-tailed bumblebee. Firstly, they are a lot smaller. They have yellow collars followed by a black and yellow band. The second half of the body is black and red. Males tend to be more yellow, the queens larger.
The UK and Ireland; Europe
Bees provide ecosystem services which are vital in sustaining a healthy environment! Help bees by planting a selection of native wildflowers, or letting some parts of the garden grow a little wild. You can reduce cutting back plants and the lawn, or try to reduce how much chemicals you use. Or cut them out entirely!