Blooms for Bees

Blooms for Bees

Heath Bumblebee

Bombus jonellus

Widespread across most of the UK, although fairly scarce in eastern England. Superficially similar to the Garden Bumblebee, but prefers heath or moorland habitats.

Appearance

Queens, workers and males all have a yellow collar, yellow midriff band and a white tail, like the Garden Bumblebee. However, the Heath Bumblebee is smaller, and has a much shorter tongue and face.

There is a certain amount of variation, as the width of the bands can differ, and queens can be very dark.

About the bee

– yellow collar
– yellow midriff band
– white tail
– short face

Size

– Queen: 13mm
– Worker: 10mm
– Male: 11mm

Tongue length

– Short

Nest

Underground or above the surface amongst dense vegetation. Occasionally above ground in old bird nests.

Colony size

Small (fewer than 50 workers).

Map and flight periods

Similar species

The Garden Bumblebee has a similar appearance, but is larger and has a longer face.

The Ruderal Bumblebee has a similar appearance, but is much larger and has shorter, ‘neater’ hair.

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