Bombus rupestris (Fabricius, 1793)
Bombus rupestris 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 rupestris Queens over-winter and emerge later than their hosts the following Spring, to take over a nest of Bombus lapidarius. The existing Bombus lapidarius Queen is usually killed and the Bombus rupestris Queen takes over the colony and produces her own eggs, which the Bombus lapidarius workers tend, till new males and females emerge during the Summer months. Photographed at Sherwood Forest CP in May 2010.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Bombus rupestris
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). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Liam Andrews. Brian Wetton. David Shaw.

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Updated January 2024

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