The common carder bee

The common carder bee, Bombus pascuorum is a species of bumblebee present in most of Europe. It thrives 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 built-up areas as well as forests.

The common carder bee Photo credit: Ivar Leidus

Bumblebee identification

Bumblebee Identification apps available

For those interested in learning more about bumblebees, we highly recommend the following apps: Bumblebees of Britain & Ireland - NatureGuides Ltd., Blooms for Bees - Natural Apptitude, Great British Bee Count - Friends of the Earth Ltd. Bumblebee Apps

The tree bumblebee

The tree bumblebee Photo credit: Charles J Sharp

The tree bumblebee or new garden bumblebee Bombus hypnorum is a species of bumblebee now common in the Europe and parts of Asia. These bumblebees prefer habitats that others do not, allowing them to pollinate flowers in areas that many other species do not get to, often near human settlements. It prefers to build its nest above ground and often inhabits bird boxes likes to live in forests, but in places where there are not as many trees, they favor human dwellings. They like to live in holes and walls in the trees unlike other members of the bumblebee (Bombus) species.

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