White tailed bumblebee by Melissa Minter 1/1

White-tailed bumble bee Bombus lucorum

Conservation status

All bumble bees are at risk from habitat loss and the use of pesticides and herbicides. You can help them by planting nectar rich plants and flowers in your garden.

Living Landscape areas will help the bumblebees by improving their habitat and providing a range of plants for them to feed on and by working with farmers and landowners to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides.

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Did you know? White-tailed bumblebees are flower robbers. They have shorter tongues than other bumblebees and to get nectar from long flowers the will use a horny sheath round its tongue to make a hole from the outside of the flower to get to the nectar. So they rob the plant by taking the nectar without pollinating the flower.
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