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Buff-tailed bumble bee

A species of Bumble bees
Scientific name : Bombus terrestris Genus : Bumble bees

Buff-tailed bumble bee, A species of Bumble bees
Botanical name: Bombus terrestris
Genus: Bumble bees
Buff-tailed bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) Photo By tony_wills , used under CC-BY-SA-4.0 /Cropped and compressed from original

Description

A popular pollinating species in European greenhouses, buff-tailed bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) is one of the more common species of bumblebee worldwide. This species displays comparatively high levels of intelligence, recognizing flowers by color and navigating several miles (if necessary) to return to the hive. Unlike many other bee species, the queen of a buff-tailed bumble bee hive will only mate with one male.
Colors
Brown
Black
White
Habitat
underground; rodent den
Biting/stinging
Yes
The Buff-tailed bumble bee may bite humans actively. Please stay away from it.
Allergy-causing
Not reported
Borer
Not reported
Pollinator
Yes
The Buff-tailed bumble bee is often found near the corolla, where the fluffy hairs are easily covered with pollen, which can help pollinate the plant.
Phytophagous
Yes
The Buff-tailed bumble bee feeds on plants and usually does not cause a major problem. However, If you observe the number getting larger, you need to take it seriously.
Insect bites and stings
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Buff-tailed bumble bee showcases unique behaviours such as 'buzz' pollination, loosening pollen by vibrating their bodies. They feed on nectar and pollen from flowering plants, demonstrating a preference for certain plant species. This species is not associated with specific human health risks. However, individuals may experience a mild sting from buff-tailed bumble bee. It plays a vital role in pollinating both wild and cultivated plants, supporting biodiversity and crop production.

People often ask

Are Buff-tailed bumble bee harmful?

A popular pollinating species in European greenhouses, buff-tailed bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) is one of the more common species of bumblebee worldwide. This species displays comparatively high levels of intelligence, recognizing flowers by color and navigating several miles (if necessary) to return to the hive. Unlike many other bee species, the queen of a buff-tailed bumble bee hive will only mate with one male.

Harmful to human

Harmful to human

Most bees are docile and only sting when they are irritated. The sting needles of bees are sharp and toxic, and people will obviously feel pain after being stung. Some bees may also cause swelling, redness, fever and itching. Some sensitive people may experience more severe symptoms or even death.

General Info

Species Status

It is most commonly found throughout Europe and generally occupies temperate climates. Because it can survive in a wide variety of habitats, there are populations in the near East, the Mediterranean Islands, and Northern Africa as well.

Distribution Area

Throughout Europe, Near East, the Mediterranean Islands, and Northern Africa

Appearance

The queen is between 2 - 2 cm long, males range from 1.4 - 1.6 cm, and workers from 1.1 - 1.7 cm. Bombus terrestris is unique compared to other bees in that their caste of workers exhibit a wide variation in worker size, with thorax sizes ranging from 2.5 - 7 mm in length and masses ranging from 68 to 754 mg.

AdultSize

1.1 - 2 cm

How to identify it?

Buff-tailed bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) Buff-tailed bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) Photo By tony_wills , used under CC-BY-SA-4.0 /Cropped and compressed from original

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