Known prey organisms

Bombini (bumblebees, butterflies, aphids, weevils) preys on:

Based on studies in:
New Zealand (Grassland)
Tibet (Montane)

This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
  • K. Paviour-Smith, The biotic community of a salt meadow in New Zealand, Trans. R. Soc. N.Z. 83(3):525-554, from p. 542 (1956).
  • L. W. Swan, The ecology of the high Himalayas, Sci. Am. 205:68-78, from pp. 76-77 (October 1961).
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The Bombini are a tribe of large bristly apid bees which feed on pollen or nectar. Many species are social, forming nests of up to a few hundred individuals; other species, formerly classified as Psithyrus cuckoo bees, are brood parasites of nest-making species. The tribe contains a single living genus, Bombus, the bumblebees,[1] and some extinct genera such as Calyptapis and Oligobombus.[2]


Bombus cerdanyensis was described from Late Miocene lacustrine beds of La Cerdanya, Spain in 2014.[3]

Calyptapis florissantensis was described by Cockerell in 1906 from the Chadronian (Eocene) lacustrine – large shale of Florissant in the USA.[4][5]

Oligobombus cuspidatus was described by Antropov in 2014 from the Insect Bed of the Bembridge Marls in the Eocene of the Isle of Wight, England. The fossil was described by re-examining a specimen in the Smith Collection.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Tribe Bombini - Bumble Bees". BugGuide. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tribe Bombini Latreille 1802 (bee)". FossilWorks. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Dehon, Manuel; Michez, Denis; Nel, Andre; Engel, Michael S.; De Meulemeester, Thibaut (2014). "Wing Shape of Four New Bee Fossils (Hymenoptera: Anthophila) Provides Insights to Bee Evolution". PLOS One 9 (10). PMC 4212905. 
  4. ^ "Bombus florissantensis Cockerell 1906 (bumble bee)". FossilWorks. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Cockerell, T. D. A (1906). "Fossil Hymenoptera from Florissant, Colorado". Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 50 (2): 33–58. 
  6. ^ "†Oligobombus Antropov 2014 (bee)". FossilWorks. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Antropov, A. V. et al (May 2014). "The wasps, bees and ants (Insecta: Vespida=Hymenoptera) from the Insect Limestone (Late Eocene) of the Isle of Wight". Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 104: 1–112. doi:10.1017/S1755691014000103. 


  • C. D. Michener (2000) The Bees of the World, Johns Hopkins University Press.
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