Small Garden Bumblebee

Bombus hortorum


Body length 11 - 20mm. The basic colour is black with a yellow collar and a yellow band on the scutellum and the abdomen, while the tail is white. The hairs are long and can give this bee a very scruffy appearance. This species has a very long tongue for reaching into deep-throated flowers and can often be seen with it extended. The face is also quite long, to accommodate the tongue.


Woodlands, gardens and meadows with a rich variety of flowers.

Status and distribution

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

Best time to see

March to September.