Bombus bohemicus (Seidl, 1837)
Bombus bohemicus is one of the Cuckoo Bees, so called because of their habit of finding a nest of their host species and infiltrating it. Cuckoo Bees have no worker caste, only males (Drones) in late Summer/Autumn and females (Queens) Only the young Bombus bohemicus Queens over-winter and emerge later than their hosts the following Spring, to take over a nest of Bombus lucorum. The existing Bombus lucorum Queen is usually killed and the Bombus bohemicus Queen takes over the colony and produces her own eggs, which the Bombus lucorum workers tend, till new males and females emerge during the Summer months. This is a common species, but identification is made very difficult with Bombus vestalis.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Bombus bohemicus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014).

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Updated February 2017

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