DESCRIPTION: The queen has a body length of 15–17 mm, the worker 10–14 mm and the male 11–13 mm (0.43–0.51 in). Queens are primarily black with a yellow band around the front of the thorax and a similar coloured band on the first tergite. Males have a wider yellow collar. Both queens and males have red tails. Workers are similar in appearance to the queens but have less yellow banding. All bees have rounded heads with a short proboscis. BEHAVIOUR: Instead of hibernating new queens will start a nest with the nest usually lasting for up to 14 weeks. Each nest may contain up to 120 individuals. DISTRIBUTION: A common species throughout Britain but always under threat. HABITAT: Parks, gardens, hedgerows and areas rich in flowers. PERIOD: Also known as the Early Bumblebee this species is best seen from March to July.
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