Bumblebees

White tailed – Widespread and common. Found in most habitats including gardens. Queen has white tail and can be up to 20mm in length. It is not possible to tell workers apart from white tailed bumbles.

Buff tailed – Widespread and common. Found in most habitats including gardens. Queen’s have buff coloured tailed and can be 20mm in length. It is not possible to tell workers apart from white tailed bumbles.

Common Carder bee – Widespread and common. Found in most habitats including gardens. Medium sized bee, queens up to 17mm. Very variable but only Irish species to have a ginger thorax.

Large Carder bee – Widespread but not common. Likes open areas of flower rich habitat including large urban parks. Medium-large size, queens can be up to 18mm. Distinctive blond colour.

Garden Bumblebee – Widespread and very common. Found in most habitats. Medium-large bee, queens up to 18mm.

Heath bumblebee – Widespread and common. More common in upland habitats. Small bee

 

Adapted from Identification Guide to Ireland’s Bumblebee (National Biodiversity Data Centre)

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