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Bombus terrestris
Bombus terrestris


Bombus terrestris
Bombus terrestris is one of the largest bumblebee species. It is encountered most frequently in Europe and is a colony building insect. It is black and yellow. The tip of the abdomen is white. There is little difference in colour between the Bombus terrestris and the Bombus lucorum.
Buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris - view from behind
Buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris - view from behind
Females are 20 to 28 mm in length. They overwinter in caves beneath the ground or in leaves. They lay their eggs in the spring, in mouse or mole holes, and even in walls or under rocks. The containments for pollen, honey and for the brood are built from wax. When the labor force hatches the nest expands to accommodate up to 500 bumblebees. Nests in soil can have a depth of 1.5 metres. Bombus terrestris live from March to October and are found in forests, on meadow slopes, and in gardens or fields. They can be encountered from the lowlands to the mountains. The workers of the Bombus terrestris practice cannibalism, which can be especially dangerous for the eggs of the next brood.
Buff-tailed bumblebee
Buff-tailed bumblebee
Buff-tailed bumblebee side view
Buff-tailed bumblebee side view
Buff-tailed bumblebee hanging on blossom
Buff-tailed bumblebee hanging on blossom


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1. Bombus terrestris
2. Buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris - view from behind
3. Buff-tailed bumblebee
4. Buff-tailed bumblebee side view
5. Buff-tailed bumblebee hanging on blossom
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