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Buff-tailed Bumblebee

Bombus terrestris


The Buff-tailed Bumblebee or Large Earth Bumblebee is one of the most numerous bumblebee species in Europe. The queen is 2–2.7 cm long, while the workers are 1½–2 cm. The Buff-tailed Bumblebee has yellow and black bands with a white-ended abdomen.


Generally found in rural and some leafy urban areas where they can gather pollen from flowering plants. Their nests are usually built underground.


This Buff-tailed Bumblebee was photographed harvesting pollen from flowering white nettles (Lamium album) on the edge of a field of Winter Wheat at Coates Farm (Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester) while out crop walking.

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Alex Pope
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Alex Pope

Cotswold, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Apr 29, 2013
Submitted on May 11, 2013

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