Common Carder Bee

Bombus pascuorum


Body length 9 - 18mm. Normally a ginger coloured bee, although some may be paler and yellowish. The thorax has a dense ginger pile, the first four abdominal segments are grey and the last two are ginger or yellowish.


Woodland edge, hedgerows, parks, gardens, meadows and brown-field sites. They forage on a wide variety of flowering plants.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to September.