The Red-tailed Bumblebee is probably the most easily recognized species of bumblebees with its black body and bright orange tail.

Bumblebees can be found throughout much of Central Europe. They thrive in early spring right through to fall and they play a very important role in pollinating plants and crops.

The bumblebee feeds primarily on nectar but they also eat pollen, and honey when there is no nectar available.

Bug Facts

  • Scientific Name: Bombus lapidarius
  • Size: Male 11-16 mm (0.43-0.62 in), Female 14-16 mm (0.55-0.62 in), Queen 20-22 mm (0.78-0.86 in)
  • Diet: Nectar, pollen, honey