Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebee


Bombus vestalis – There are a few of these around and about at the moment. It’s a cuckoo-bee which grows up in the nests of the Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris). Note the conspicuous yellow patch on either side of the abdomen, and also the lack of pollen baskets.


Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebee Bombus vestalis

Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebee Bombus vestalis

© Peter Hillman ♦ 26th May 2020 ♦ Rear garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200


11 thoughts on “Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebee

  1. Ahh.. I love Bumblebees, they look so soft and kind and your photos as great as usual.
    I myself have tried to capture them with my camera but they usually prefer to hide among the flowers. Have a post going on about it.

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