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Bees - Family Apidae

Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum (Scopoli, 1763)

Bombus hypnorum
  • Cambridge, Bramblefields (TL472606), 3 Jun 2014
  • Easily recognised by the combination of ginger thorax and white tail
  • Only appeared in Britain in 2001 but already wide-spread
  • Enlarged photograph
  • NBN Atlas


Bombus lapidarius (Linnaeus, 1758)

Bombus lapidarius


Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum (Scopoli, 1763)

Bombus pascuorum


Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761)

Bombus pratorum


Bombus terrestris (Linnaeus, 1758)

Bombus terrestris


Bombus vestalis (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785)

Bombus vestalis
  • Cambridge, garden, 28 Jul 2001; male
  • A cuckoo bee, parasitic (in Britain) on B. terrestris
  • Synonym: Psithyrus vestalis
  • NBN Atlas


Anthophora plumipes (Pallas, 1772)

Anthophora plumipes Anthophora plumipes


Hylaeus confusus Nylander, 1852

Hylaeus confusus
  • Cambridge, garden, 17 June 2016
  • Very similar to H. incongruus, but that is confined to extreme southern England.
  • Females are mostly found on umbellifers and brambles.
  • NBN Atlas


Common Mourning Bee Melecta albifrons (Forster, 1771)

Melecta albifrons
  • Cambridge, garden, 19 April 2017
  • A cleptoparasite on Anthophora plumipes (see above).
  • Distinctive "collar" of grey hairs, with white spots on abdomen and patches on the sides (not visible in this photo). Melanic examples also occur.
  • NBN Atlas


Nomada flava Panzer, 1798

Nomada flava
  • Cambridge, garden, 8 May 2001
  • A cleptoparasitic (cuckoo) bee.
  • NBN Atlas


Nomada flavoguttata (Kirby, 1802)

Nomada flavoguttata
  • Cambridge, Coldhams Common, 10 Jun 2016
  • Small bee whose larvae are brood parasites of small Andrena species.
  • White patches at rear of thorax are hidden by the wings in this photo.
  • NBN Atlas


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