White-Tailed Bumblebee

white tailed bumblebee in watercolour

English Name

White-Tailed Bumblebee

Latin Name

Bombus Lucorum


The White-tailed Bumblebee has an interesting morphological adaptation. It’s lemon yellow collar at the front of its thorax and another bright band in the middle abdomen with a pure white tail that gives it its name. Male White-Tailed Bumblebee’s facial hairs are typically very vibrant shades of yellow for this species with males often displaying extensive amounts of colouration during adulthood; however, females do not display colouring on their facial hairs.

Check out our extensive guide on the white-tailed bee to find out more about their habitat, lifespan, nesting habits and much more.


Queen 19-20mm

Worker 11-17mm

Male 14-16mm

Time Of Year Seen

Early Spring right through to Autumn.

Characteristics/ Behaviour

The White-Tailed Bumblebee is one of the most common species to emerge early in spring and can be found feeding on flowers right up until late autumn. It’s widely distributed across gardens, farmland/garden borders or hedgerows all across the United Kingdom.

Other Notes

White-tailed Bumblebees (Bombus Lucorum) share traits with Buff Tailed Bumbles Bees (Bombus Terrestris). One key difference between these two types? Their colouring, the tail hairs on Buff Tailed Bumblebee will show up as yellow under closer inspection as opposed to the White-Tailed’s light grey/ white hair colouring.