Essex Field Club on Facebook

Video about the Club

Coleophora trifolii
find out more... Coleophora trifolii Copyright: Graham Ekins

Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
registered charity
no 1113963
HLF Logo A-Z Page Index

Visit Our Centre

EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkWe are normally open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays 11am-4pm, check. We are also open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.
Spring recording Record your Robin Record Common Frog Rana temporaria
Record Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum Record Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva
Record Dark-edged Bee Fly Bombylius major
Record Spring Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes
Record cuckoo bee Melecta albifrons

Species Account for Bombus rupestris

| next species

Bombus rupestris  (Fabricius, 1793)
a cuckoo bumblebee
Aculeata: Apinae: Apinae

Bombus rupestris Copyright: Adrian Kettle

Maps produced by MapMate®. Data overlays Copyright © Essex Field Club 2020.
Reproduction for study and non-profit use permitted, all other rights reserved.

Click on dot to query records

National status: Nb
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened

Additional Phenology Data


Bombus rupestris
Bombus rupestris

upload a new image

Taxonomic group: honey bee and bumblebees (Aculeata: Apinae) - Part county data   
Please report any problems with this record:
VC error
GR error
Taxon ID suspect
Structural habitat suspect
Other problems, please explain here:


Essex Red Data List comment
Still widespread, but rapidly declining in numbers

Species text
This cuckoo bumblebee is a social parasite on the common and widespread red-tailed bumblebee B. lapidarius. It is widespread in southern Britain, but declined considerably during and after the 1940s and is accorded Nationally Scarce status in Falk (1991b). It inhabits a wide variety of flower-rich situations, with large sites being particularly favoured, but its frequency in suburban situations is extremely low, despite the presence of the host in good numbers. There has apparently been a resurgence in the past decade (Edwards & Telfer 2001), but this has not been apparent in Essex, where it remains a scarce species. References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 13 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 11 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 10 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Bombus rupestris

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Bombus rupestris

Why not join the Club, register and add a new species page
Interpretation of distribution maps