Bombus vestalis (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785)
Bombus vestalis 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 vestalis Queens over-winter and emerge later than their hosts the following Spring, to take over a nest of Bombus terrestis. The existing Bombus terrestis Queen is usually killed and the Bombus vestalis Queen takes over the colony and produces her own eggs, which the Bombus terrestis workers tend, till new males and females emerge during the Summer months. This is a common species.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Bombus vestalis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Richard Rogers. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. NottinghamNottingham City Council. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Duncan Lyon. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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Updated January 2024

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