Insects Database
 Insects and other Arthropoda
 Bombus pascuorum
 Bombus veteranus
 Brown-banded carder bee
 Buff-tailed bumblebee
 Cryptic Bumble Bee
 Early bumblebee
 Garden bumblebee
 Large carder bee
 Red-tailed bumblebee
 Shrill Carder-bee
 Species overview

 Booklice - BarkfliesPics
 Crane fliesPics
 Moths & ButterfliesPics
 Net-winged insectsPics
 Plant-parasitic HemipteransPics
 Praying MantisesPics
Shrill Carder-bee - Bombus sylvarum - side view
Shrill Carder-bee - Bombus sylvarum - side view

The shrill carder-bee
Bombus sylvarum is an annual colony building insect species which belongs to the bumblebees. Bombus sylvarum are widespread in Germany and Europe although they are rare in the north (of europe or germany. They inhabit forest edges, parks, gardens, meadows, ditches and embankments. Bombus sylvarum prefer flat areas.
Shrill Carder-bee coverd with pollen
Shrill Carder-bee coverd with pollen
The queens are 16 to 18 mm in length, the drones 12 to 14 mm, and the workers 10 to 15 mm. The body of the Bombus sylvarum is hairy and yellow, brown and orange in colour. The colour contrasts are weaker than in other bumblebee species. Bombus sylvarum have a long head and a strikingly long proboscis.
Shrill Carder-bee front view
Shrill Carder-bee front view
Bombus sylvarum feed on nectar and pollen from a variety of plants. The flight period of queens begins in April, (that of the young Bombus sylvarum in July) and ends in late October. A colony comprises 80 to 100 insects. The nests are built in small animal burrows (mice holes).
Shrill Carder-bee back view
Shrill Carder-bee back view

Bombus (Megabombus) sylvarum
Common namesKnapweed carder-bee, Shrill carder bee, Shrill Carder-bee
German namesWaldhummel, Bunthummel
Dutch namesBoshommel
Danish namesSkovhumle
Finnish namesMetsäkimalainen, Ketokimalainen
Norwegian namesEnghumle
Swedish namesHaghumla
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1761

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain)), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Sweden), Fennoscandia (Finland)), South Europe (Italy), West Europe (Benelux (Netherlands)), Central Europe (Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia))

CountriesCzech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesBombus sylvarum in
Bombus sylvarum in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Shrill Carder-bee - Bombus sylvarum - side view
2. Shrill Carder-bee coverd with pollen
3. Shrill Carder-bee front view
4. Shrill Carder-bee back view
Quick search: Carder - Shrill - Bee - Bombus - Sylvarum - Bumblebee
Eat - Back - Bees - View - Species - Europe - Pollen - Colony
Insects, True insects
Winged insects
Wing-folding insects
Holometabolous Insects
Wasps, Bees, Ants, Sawflies, Ants and wasps
True wasps, Bees, Ants, Narrow-waisted hymenopterans, Parasitic wasps, Wasps
Stinging wasps
Solitary Bees, Social Bees, Apoid Wasps, Bees, Sphecoid wasps
Stingless bees, Honey bees, Euglossines, Bumble bees, Cuckoo Bees, Carpenter Bees, Digger Bees, Long-tongued Bees
Honey bees, Stingless bees, Orchid bees, Bumble Bees, Long-horned Bees, Digger Bees
Bumblebees, Bumble Bees
Bumble bees, Bumblebees, Humble bees, Bumblebee, Variably banded bumble bee
Bombus sylvarum
Knapweed carder-bee, Shrill carder bee, Shrill Carder-bee
AuthorLinnaeus, 1761
Apis cinerea
Apis plumosa
Apis scylla
Apis sylvarum
Bombus dagestanicus
Bombus daghestanicus
Bombus lederi
Bombus rogenhoferi
Bombus sylvarum albicauda
Bombus sylvarum citrinofasciatus
Bombus sylvarum distinctus
Bombus sylvarum narbonensis
Bombus sylvarum nigrescens
Bombus sylvarum rogenhofferi
Bombus sylvarum sylvarum
Megabombus sylvarum
Bombus sylvarum canificus
Bombus sylvarum distinctus
Bombus sylvarum nigrescens
Bombus sylvarum rogenhofferi
 Species overview

German Flag Waldhummel
 Arthropoda (Database)
 Distribution Tree
 New pictures
 Taxonomy Tree
 Unknown insects
 Unknown spiders

New chapters:
Egyptian Locust
Bird grasshoppers
Spanish bee
Kalotermes flavicollis
Stiletto flies
Chrysomya albiceps
Green blowfly
Sphaerophoria rueppelli
White-banded Digger Bee
House mosquito
Discrete Chaperon
Convolvulus Hawk-moth
Villa hottentotta
Eumenes mediterraneus
Andrena morio
Giant Furrow-Bee
Dull-headed Blood-bee

Frequent Queries:
shrill carder bee (16)
Bombus sylvarum (5)
Shrill carder bee Bombus sylvarum (3)
who named the shrill carder bee (1)
Shrill carder bumblebee (1)
diagram shrill carder bumblebee (1)
pictures of the shrill carder bee (1)
shrill carder bee eat (1)
back view of a bee (1)
what eats shrill carder bees (1)