Bumblebees to be found around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Bombus terrestris, Buff-tailed bumblebee.

Bombus terrestris, adult queen bumblebee, buff-tailed bumblebee

Seen in spring, summer and early autumn, this is often the first bumblebee to emerge from hibernation.

Lengths, queen 20-22, worker 11-17, male 14-16 mm.

Found in gardens, fields and woodland edges. Nests underground.

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Bombus lucorum, White-tailed bumblebee.

Bombus lucorum, aldult queen bumblebee, white-tailed bumblebee

Seen in spring and summer.

Lengths, queen 19-20, worker 11-17, male 14-16 mm .

Found in gardens, fields and woodland edges. Usually nests underground, but will sometimes nest in walls.

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Bombus lapidarius, Red-tailed bumblebee.

Bombus lapidarius mating, red-tailed bumblebee

Seen in spring and summer.

Lengths, queen 20-22, workers 11-16, male 14-16 mm.

Found in gardens, fields and open woodlands.

Nesting site varies, but most commonly under of ar ground level.

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Bombus pratorum, the Early bumblebee.

Bombus pratorum, adult queen,

Seen in spring and summer.

Lengths, queen 15-17, workers 10-14, male 11-13 mm.

Most common in gardens and field edges. Nest is small, short-lived, and can be anywhere.

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Bombus hortorum, the Garden bumblebee.

Bombus hortorum, adult queen, the garden bumblebee

Seen in spring and summer.

Lengths, queen 17-20, workers 11-16, male 14-15 mm.

Most common in gardens, field edges and woodland edges where vetch and red clover grow. The nest is short-lived and small, and can be anywhere.

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Bombus pascuorum, Common carder bee.

Bombus pascuorum, adult queen, common carder bumblebee

Seen in spring, summer and early autumn. This is usually the last bumblebee to hibernate.

Lengths, queen 16-18, workers 10-15, male 13-14 mm.

Most common in field and path edges, gardens, and open woodland. Tends to be a surface nester in tussocky grass.

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Bombus sylvestris the Forest cuckoo bumblebee

Bombus sylvestris, Forest cuckoo bumblebee

Seen in summer.

Body length 15 mm.

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