Common Carder Bumblebee

Name: Common Carder Bumblebee

Scientific name: Bombus pascuorum

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?


A very common bumblebee, emerges early in the spring and can be seen feeding on flowers right through to warm days in November. Found in gardens, farmland, woodland edges, hedgerows, heathland: anywhere there are flowers to feed on.


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How to identify: A brown and orange bumblebee, sometimes with darker bands on the abdomen. There are two similar species but these are much rarer bees.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 30
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 60

Fantastic fact: Carder bumblebees rake moss from amongst leaf litter to cover their nests.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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