Blooms for Bees

Blooms for Bees

Great Yellow Bumblebee

Bombus distinguendus

Once present in much of the UK, this is one of our most declined bumblebees. Now confined to the far north of Scotland and a few areas of western Ireland. In these cooler locations, it does not usually emerge from hibernation before late May.


Queens, workers and males are quite unique in appearance, being almost completely mustard-yellow, apart from a black band where the wings are attached to the thorax.

Queens are large and have short, velvety hair, while workers and males have longer, sparser hairs.


About the bee

– mustard-yellow body
– black between wings


– Queen: 18mm
– Worker: 12mm
– Male: 14mm

Tongue length



Uses a variety of locations, usually underground, or on the surface in dense vegetation.

Colony size

Small (typically fewer than 50 workers).

Map and flight periods


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