Bombus lucorum sensu lato
Note:- Bombus lucorum sensu lato is a species complex encompassing B. lucorum, B. cryptarum and B. magnus, which cannot be reliably distinguished from each other.
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.

B. lucorum is very similar to B. terrestis and best distinguished by it's more lemon yellow banding, than the typical darker yellow banding of B. terrestis . The end of the abdomen of B. lucorum is also pure white, but it can still be confused with a B. terrestis which has the white replaced by a buff colouration.

Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Bombus lucorum sensu lato
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Nottingham City Council. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Wil Heeney. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Sean Tobin. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Damian Taylor. Peter Acton. Barry Lygo. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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 January 2024

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