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Male Red-nigger bumblebee - Bombus lapidarius
Male Red-nigger bumblebee - Bombus lapidarius


The red-tailed bumblebee
The red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) is one of the best-known bumblebee species in Central Europe. It is one of the colony building insects. Its body is mostly black, with the end of the abdomen being brownish red in colour. The male Bombus lapidarius has a yellow towel on its chest.
Approach of Red-nigger bumblebee from beneath
Approach of Red-nigger bumblebee from beneath
Bombus lapidarius nests in stone walls or clusters under piles of rocks. It is also found in straw in stables or in abandoned bird nests.

A colony of Bombus lapidarius comprises 100 to 200 workers. They prefer nectar from clover and deadnettles. In 2005, Bombus lapidarius was the Insect of the Year.
Bombus lapidarius
Bombus lapidarius
Head of Red-nigger bumblebee
Head of Red-nigger bumblebee
Bumblebee - Red-nigger bumblebee - female
Bumblebee - Red-nigger bumblebee - female

Bombus (Pyrobombus) lapidarius
Common namesRed-tailed bumblebee, Large Red-tailed Bumble Bee, Stone Humble-bee, Red tailed bumblebee, Large Red-tailed Humble-bee, Large Red Tailed Bumble Bee
German namesSteinhummel
Dutch namesSteenhommel
Danish namesStenhumle
Finnish namesKivikkokimalainen
Norwegian namesSteinhumle
Swedish namesStenhumla
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England)), Ireland), Germany, Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania))), West Europe (Austria, France, Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Channel Islands (Guernsey)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Andorra)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Macedonia), Bulgaria, Greece), East Europe (Ukraine)
Asia
West Asia (Near East (Turkey)), Far East (East Asia (Japan)), North Asia
Caucasus
Georgia, Azerbaijan
Russia
Siberia
Oceania
Australasia
Australia
Africa
America
North America
USA


Fossils: Paleozoic,
Devonian,

Distribution by Synonymus:
Bombus lapidarius lapidarius   Sicily, North Italy, South Italy
CountriesAndorra, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesBombus lapidarius in dyntaxa.se
Bombus lapidarius in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
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1. Male Red-nigger bumblebee - Bombus lapidarius
2. Approach of Red-nigger bumblebee from beneath
3. Bombus lapidarius
4. Head of Red-nigger bumblebee
5. Bumblebee - Red-nigger bumblebee - female
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderHymenoptera
Wasps, Bees, Ants, Sawflies, Ants and wasps
SuborderApocrita
True wasps, Bees, Ants, Narrow-waisted hymenopterans, Parasitic wasps, Wasps
InfraorderAculeata
Stinging wasps
SuperfamilyApoidea
Solitary Bees, Social Bees, Apoid Wasps, Bees, Sphecoid wasps
FamilyApidae
Stingless bees, Honey bees, Euglossines, Bumble bees, Cuckoo Bees, Carpenter Bees, Digger Bees, Long-tongued Bees
SubfamilyApinae
Honey bees, Stingless bees, Orchid bees, Bumble Bees, Long-horned Bees, Digger Bees
TribeBombini
Bumblebees, Bumble Bees
GenusBombus
Bumble bees, Bumblebees, Humble bees, Bumblebee, Variably banded bumble bee
SubgenusPyrobombus
Specieslapidarius
Bombus lapidarius
Red-tailed bumblebee, Large Red-tailed Bumble Bee, Stone Humble-bee, Red tailed bumblebee, Large Red-tailed Humble-bee, Large Red Tailed Bumble Bee
AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
 
Synonyms
Apis arbustorum
Apis audens
Apis coronata
Apis lapidaria
Apis opis
Apis pertristis
Bombus eriophorus
Bombus lapidarius albicans
Bombus lapidarius atlanticus
Bombus lapidarius carpaticus
Bombus lapidarius caucasicus
Bombus lapidarius decipiens
Bombus lapidarius lapidarius
Bremus regelationis
Bremus truncorum
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