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Tree Bumblebee

Scientific name: Bombus hypnorum

How to identify: This distinctive bee has a ginger back and a white tail, and is the only bumblebee species to have this colour pattern.

Where: Found in a variety of habitats such as woodland, grassland and gardens. It is especially fond of fruiting plants such as bramble.

Best time to see: The tree bumblebee usually emerges from hibernation in March and is active through to September.

Did you know? The tree bumblebee first arrived into the UK from mainland Europe in 2001 and has been spreading ever since. It doesn’t pose a threat to UK species.

Find out more: Buglife


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