Bombus hypnorum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Bombus hypnorum is the newest Bumble Bee species to colonise the UK, first arriving in 2001. It has rapidly spread north and finally reached Nottinghamshire in 2009, where it was first recorded from Worksop. Other Nottinghamshire records quickly followed in the early part of 2010, before we found what is believed to be Nottinghamshire's fifth record, at Gamston Wood near Retford in July 2010. Its spread has continued at an astonishing rate and it has quickly become common throughout Nottinghamshire, so much so, that we think that Bombus hypnorum is very fast becoming the commonest Bumble Bee now.

Having two broods a year has certainly helped its spread, with new queens appearing in June. Bombus hypnorum is a distinctive tri-coloured and easily recognised Bumble Bee, that stands out clearly from the much commoner Bombus pascuorum.

Photographed at Market Warsop and Mapperley June 2012
Photographed at Mapperley, Nottingham May 2011
Photographed at Wellow Park May 2011
Photographed at Gamston Wood in July 2010
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Bombus hypnorum
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Richard Rogers. Pauline Bradford. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Wil Heeney. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. NBGRC. Peter Acton. Damian Taylor. Rob Johnson.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated February 2019

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