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.
Time Of Year Seen
Early Spring right through to Autumn.
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.
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.