Bombus lucorum sensu lato

Description and notes

Bombus lucorum sensu lato is a species complex of B. lucorum, B. cryptarum and B. magnus. These three species cannot be reliably distinguished from each other.

  • Photo by Nigel Jones
    Shrewsbury garden. 19 April 2006. Grid reference: SJ492113
  • Photo by Nick Owens
    Bombus lucorum newly emerged queen, Weybourne, Norfolk, July 2010
  • Photo by Steven Falk
    Bombus lucorum male. Ryton Wood, Warwickshire
  • Photo by Jeremy Early
    Queen Bombus lucorum, Reigate, Surrey
  • Photo by Louise Hislop
    Bombus lucorum male foraging on marjoram. Wylam, Northumberland. 7/8/08
  • Photo by Nico Vereecken
    Bombus lucorum male
  • Photo by Nick Owens
    Bombus lucorum male on hogweed, Weybourne, Norfolk, June 2010
  • Photo by Steven Falk
    Bombus lucorum male. Combe, Warwickshire
  • Photo by Louise Hislop
    Bombus lucorum male foraging on field scabious. North Yorks Moors. 31/7/10
  • Photo by Nick Owens
    Bombus lucorum worker on hogweed, Weybourne, Norfolk, June 2009
  Pre 1980   1980-99   2000 and later

The following datasets are included:

  • Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society - Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society - Trial Dataset

Distribution

Found throughout the region, including the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands. It is widespread in Europe, middle and northern latitudes of Asia, eastwards to northern Mongolia (Løken 1973).

Status (in Britain only)

These bees are not regarded as being scarce or threatened.

Habitat

Found in a wide variety of habitats, including montane areas.

Flight period

Univoltine: queens can be seen nest-searching from March onward and males can be found between July and October.

Pollen collected

Polylectic.This species has a very broad diet and is notable for regularly visiting aphid honeydew on trees.

Nesting biology

Nests are underground in old mouse or vole nests.The nest is large, with over 200 individuals in many instances, but it is possible that the different species will prove to have differently-sized nests.

Flowers visited

Visits are made to a wide variety of flowers, both for pollen and nectar.

Parasites

The cuckoo-bee Bombus bohemicus is associated with the B. lucorum aggregate (see Atlas Part 5, page 118).

Author of profile

M Edwards.