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Bombus pascuorum view from behind
Bombus pascuorum view from behind

Bombus pascuorum
Bombus pascuorum is a very common bumblebee. It is one of the colony building insects. The head, chest and back are brown in colour with the abdomen of some insects being bright or dark. The queens reach a body length of up to 22 mm, and the drones, up to 18 mm while the workers are considerably smaller. The Bombus pascuorum can be found in meadows and clover fields, but also in walls and buildings. It feeds on nectar and pollen, preferring the flowers of fruit trees, large-flowered hemp-nettle, motherwort, deadnettle and Centaurea.
Bombus pascuorum side view
Bombus pascuorum side view
Queens overwinter. They appear in March or April. Bombus pascuorum nest both above ground (old birdsí nests) and below ground (abandoned mice nests). The bees use moss, grass and animal hairs to construct a hollow sphere inside the nest. The interior of the hollow sphere is sealed with wax. The queen then forms a small tub of wax, puts pollen in it and then lays 5 to 15 eggs on the pollen. It also builds a second, slightly larger vessel for nectar (for food on rainy days) . In the period up to August the population of the colony grows from 60 to 150 animals. During the months of September and October the colony (with the exception of the queen) dies.
Bombus pascuorum abdomen
Bombus pascuorum abdomen
Bumblebee Bombus pascuorum approach on a blossom
Bumblebee Bombus pascuorum approach on a blossom
Bombus pascuorum on thistle
Bombus pascuorum on thistle

Bombus (Thoracobombus) pascuorum
Common namesCommon carder bee, Common Carder-bee, Common carder bumblebee
German namesAckerhummel
Dutch namesAkkerhommel
Danish namesAgerhumle
Finnish namesPeltokimalainen
Norwegian namesÅkerhumle
Swedish namesåkerhumla
AuthorScopoli, 1763

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Fossils: Paleozoic,


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Bombus pascuorum pascuorum   Sicily, North Italy, South Italy
CountriesAndorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom
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1. Bombus pascuorum view from behind
2. Bombus pascuorum side view
3. Bombus pascuorum abdomen
4. Bumblebee Bombus pascuorum approach on a blossom
5. Bombus pascuorum on thistle
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