bombus lucorum

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. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Hymenoptera-Apidae-Bombus-B. lucorum

Image: Ivar Leidus

The Flight of the Bumblebee   6"x8"  watercolor on paper

A vintage-inspired illustration styled after the naturalists studies of old.This painting is a scientific illustration and study of the bumblebee (bombus)

Featuring the species: 

  • White-Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum), 
  • Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)
  • and the Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum)

I am a nature lover through and through, and my affections towards naturalists is just additional proof of my being born in the wrong century.

I’ve always felt that bumblebees are happy little things, and I have even had the honor of petting one or two on occasion! They are indeed busy bees and pleasant in their work. Their delicate wings are so delicate and intricate that I continue to be in awe of them.

The busy bee in me certainly admires the diligent little bumblebee.