Bombus pascuorum (Scopoli, 1763)
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 pascuorum is unlikely to be confused with any other Bumble Bee found in Nottinghamshire, but there are much rarer (and similar) Carder Bees elsewhere in the UK. The thorax and end of abdomen are orange/brown.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Bombus pascuorum
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottingham City Council. Richard Rogers. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. David Shaw.  Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Sean Tobin. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). Stuart Warrington. Tom Shields. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Peter Acton. Damian Taylor. Barry Lygo. Brian Wetton. Jim Flanagan.

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Updated January 2024

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