Bombus terrestris (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. B.terrestris is only likely to be confused with the similar B. lucorum. In B.terrestris, the end of the abdomen is usually buff coloured and generally appears less white or as distinct as that of B. lucorum.
Hibernating Bombus terrestis queen, found underneath a fallen log near Worksop in early February 2011.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Bombus terrestris
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. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Wil Heeney. Sean Tobin. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Pauline Bradford. Liam Andrews. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Damian Taylor. Peter Acton. Rob Johnson. Jane Carruthers. Paul and Helen Brock. John and Denise Bingham. Clumber Park SSSI Saproxylic Invertebrate Survey - A report to Natural England by EMEC Ecology 2019. David Shaw. Tom Shields. Brian Wetton.

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Updated January 2024

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