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Bombus rupestris

Bombus rupestris is a species of cuckoo bumblebee.

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Distribution

The bumblebee is present in most of Europe except Iceland and the Balkans. It is also found in Turkey.[2]

Description

The female is much larger than the male; she has a length of 20–25 millimetres (0.79–0.98 in), while the drone usually is not more than 16 millimetres (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.

Behaviour

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

References

  1. ^ "Bombus rupestris (Fabricius, 1793)". Biolib.cz. http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxon/id70375/. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  2. ^ Discover Life. "Discover Life map of Bombus rupestris". http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20m?kind=Bombus+rupestris. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  3. ^ a b Jim Lindsey (retired professor of Biostatistics). "Bombus rupestris". http://popgen.unimaas.nl/~jlindsey/commanster/Insects/Bees/SuBees/Bombus.rupestris.html. Retrieved 28 February 2009.[dead link]
  4. ^ a b Dr Brian Nelson, Ulster Museum. "Bombus (Psithyrus) rupestris – a cuckoo bumblebee". National Museums Northern Ireland. http://www.habitas.org.uk/priority/species.asp?item=9858. Retrieved 28 February 2009.

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