Forest Cuckoo Bee

Bombus sylvestris


Body length 14 - 15mm. Black with a yellow collar and white tail. The male is darker and sometimes has little white on the tail and an orange tip to its abdomen.


Woodlands, parks, gardens and brown field sites. Main host is Early Bumblebee, Bombus pratorum.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire but not often seen at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to September.