Bombus lapidarius (Linnaeus, 1758)
Bumble Bees are known to everyone and the various species' make up one of the most familiar group of insects. Whilst some bees are solitary, Bumble Bees are social insects, forming small colonies during the Spring and Summer months. After pairing in the late Summer/Autumn, only the young Queens survive through the Winter to start new colonies the following Spring. But there is a seemingly increasing trend for new colonies to be started by some species, later the same Autumn after pairing and if conditions are favourable. Both Queens and workers are now sometimes recorded during mild Winter days in the south-west UK. Bombus lapidarius is a very easy species to identify. The Queen and workers are entirely black, with a large red patch at the tip of the abdomen. Males (below right photograph) do have two yellow bands on the thorax.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Bombus lapidarius
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottingham City Council. Richard Rogers. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Wil Heeney. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Sean Tobin. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Peter Acton. Damian Taylor.

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 2017

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