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Bombus rupestris

Bombus rupestris is a species of cuckoo bumblebee present in most of Europe except Iceland and the Balkans. It is also found in Turkey.[2]


The female is much larger than the male; she has a length of 20–25 mm (0.79–0.98 in), while the drone usually is not more than 16 mm (0.63 in).[3] The bumblebee is black, with the last abdominal segments coloured orange-red.[4]

Due to its parasitic lifestyle, no workers exist.


Bombus rupestris is found in flower-rich habitats, such as meadows and along hedgerows.[3] The bumblebee parasitizes the nests of the red-tailed bumblebee, B. lapidarius, whose queen is killed or subjugated.[4]


  1. ^ "Bombus rupestris (Fabricius, 1793)". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Discover Life. "Discover Life map of Bombus rupestris". Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Jim Lindsey (retired professor of Biostatistics). "Bombus rupestris". Retrieved 28 February 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Dr Brian Nelson, Ulster Museum. "Bombus (Psithyrus) rupestris – a cuckoo bumblebee". National Museums Northern Ireland. Retrieved 28 February 2009. 


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