This is a red tailed bumble bee making her nest in a hole in our terrace wall. At the moment we have many of these nesting there. since she is busy wit the nest I venture to say she is a queen. Their length varies from 10 to 15 mm and they fly out from March to June. Recognition: very hairy with weak metallic blue sheen. Females - head and thorax black and half abdomen orange red. Males - on the head and thorax white underside - thorax black and abdomen also orange red.
Grasslands, prairies and surrounding urbanized areas. It is a southern species from Central Europe to the north advancing. Lifestyle: Nests in cavities of all kinds - (tubes in artificial nest cavities from 10 to 12 mm) - locking lid with sand, silt or clay. Flower Visit: polylectisch (when a pollinator of flowers a wide variety of species of plants and visiting different types of flowers used for collecting pollen) The species is common in the southern Netherlands and Belgium
Lat: 50.80, Long: 4.65
Spotted on Apr 12, 2012
Submitted on Apr 12, 2012