Thursday, 4 December 2008

Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum)

Adult Common Carder Bee (subspecies B. p. flavidus) at Geddington, Northants - August 2011

OTHER NAMES: Common Carder Bumblebee
Featured Subspecies: Bombus pascuorum flavidus
Length: 13mm (worker) 15-18mm (queen)
UK STATUS NOT EVALUATED IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

The common carder bee is a widespread species of bumblebee found in Europe.    They feed on a wide selection of plants including clovers, thistles, nettles, fruit trees and various others.  They live colonially in nests which rise up to 60-150 bees, which die back after each year, leaving only the newly hatched females to survive to the next year.

Related Species:
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Genus: Bombus
SUBSPECIES: B. p. flavidus, B. p. floralis, B. p. septentrionalis, B. p. vulgo

 - Sighting Locations -

UNITED KINGDOM - A common resident seen in Summer.
 - Seen at Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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