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Common carder bee

Bombus pascuorum


The common carder bee is a fluffy, brown-and-orange bumble bee, sometimes displaying darker bands on the abdomen. The common carder bee emerges early in the spring and can be seen feeding on flowers right through to November. It nests in cavities, such as old mouse runs, in birds' nests, or in moss mats in lawns. A social insect, nests may contain up to 200 workers. The queen emerges from hibernation in spring and starts the colony by laying a few eggs that hatch as workers; these workers tend the young and nest. Males emerge later and mate with new females who are prospective queens. Both the males and old queen die in the autumn, but the new queens hibernate.


Bombus pascuorum is a species of bumblebee present in most of Europe in a wide variety of habitats such as meadows, pastures, waste ground, ditches and embankments, roads, and field margins, as well as gardens and parks in urban areas and forests and forest edges.


Spotted near a heathland in Hulshosterheide, Veluwe, Holland. (sources:see reference)

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Hulshorst, Gelderland, Netherlands

Spotted on May 24, 2020
Submitted on Sep 27, 2020

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