White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum)
…a species of bumblebee (Bombus spp.) that is widespread and common throughout Europe and northern Asia. However, this name has also been used for a complex of cryptic species of bumblebees throughout Europe and Asia. White-tailed bumblebees typically emerge fairly early (usually in march), nests are fairly large with ~400 workers and are built underground. White-tailed bumblebees pretty active pollinators and are known to frequent lavende, Hebe sp., Rhododendron sp., deadnettles, thistles, and vetches.
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