Body length 12 - 22mm. The thorax is bright ginger and the head and abdomen are black, the last abdominal segments are white. In some males the thorax is black or has little ginger.
Woodland and built up areas. This species prefers to use holes in trees, buildings or bird nest boxes, high up, to make its nest.
Status and distribution
This bumblebee only arrived in Britain in 2001. It is now common and widespread throughout southern England and Wales, and more thinly to the north of Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
March to September.