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Bombus pascuorum on blossom - Front view
Bombus pascuorum on blossom - Front view (Pictures of Bumblebees)


Bumblebees (Bombus)
Bumblebees (Bombus) are a genus of social bees (Apiformes). Since these Hymenoptera have a sting for defence, they belong to the stinging bees (Aculeata). There are approximately 250 species of bumblebees. They live mainly in the temperate and cooler areas of the northern hemisphere. There is a particularly large variety of species in Europe and Asia; In Europe there are approximately 70 species, 36 of which can be found in Germany.
Bumblebee (Bombus)
Bumblebee (Bombus) (Pictures of Bumblebees)
Examples of European bumblebee species are: Bombus argillaceus, Bombus jonellus, Bombus subterranus, Bombus veteranus, Bombus alpinis, Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum), Bombus pomorum, Bombus pascuorum and Bombus sicheli. 16 species of bumblebees are currently threatened with extinction.
Bumblebee on grass feeding from pussy willow
Bumblebee on grass feeding from pussy willow (Pictures of Bumblebees)
The queen bee is 15 to 23 mm in length, while the, workers and drones are approximately 8 to 21 mm. Bumblebees have a strong rounded body, comprising head, thorax and abdomen. They are protected from the cold by hair which is mostly yellow, white or black in color. The colouring of the bumblebee varies from type to type. Bumblebees eat using a proboscis, which can vary in length. They have one pair of compound eyes , antennae and six legs.
Shrill Carder-bee side view
Shrill Carder-bee side view (Pictures of Bumblebees)
Bumblebee - Red-tailed bumblebee
Bumblebee - Red-tailed bumblebee (Pictures of Bumblebees)
Bumblebees - as well as bees (Apiformes) in general and flies (Brachycera) - are among the most important crop pollinators. Some of the most important natural enemies of bumblebees are: Cuckoo bumblebees, Anthidium manicatum, Mutilla and thick-headed flies(Conopidae).
Bumblebee fights a blossom
Bumblebee fights a blossom (Pictures of Bumblebees)
Bumblebee Bombus sylvarum on Blossom, hoverfly approaching
Bumblebee Bombus sylvarum on Blossom, hoverfly approaching (Pictures of Bumblebees)


Further chapters of "Bumblebees"
- Bombus pascuorum
- Red-tailed bumblebee
- Buff-tailed bumblebee
- Shrill Carder-bee
- Bombus veteranus
Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Bombus pascuorum on blossom - Front view
2. Bumblebee (Bombus)
3. Bumblebee on grass feeding from pussy willow
4. Shrill Carder-bee side view
5. Bumblebee - Red-tailed bumblebee
6. Bumblebee fights a blossom
7. Bumblebee Bombus sylvarum on Blossom, hoverfly approaching
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