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Common Carder Bee

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One of the most common species of bumble-bee


Common carder bee: not a rolling stone

Post date: Saturday, 17 May, 2014 - 00:00

The common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) is the most common carder bee. Unlike a rolling stone it collects moss! it uses this to cover its nest, hence the term carder or gatherer. Nests can be quite large with over a hundred workers.

This bee is almost totally ginger brown but it has dark hairs on the abdomen which distinguish it from similar, but rarer, species.

This is a very common bee in gardens, especially in mid summer, on a wide range of flowers but it favours pea-type and nettle type flowers as well as being very fond of foxgloves. It is a widespread species, occurring in all sorts of habitat and is often found in woodlands.


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

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Common Name Common Carder Bee
Scientific Name Bombus pascuorum
Interest Level
Species Family Bumble bees and Cuckoo bees
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