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Species Account for Bombus rupestris

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

Bombus rupestris Copyright: Adrian Kettle

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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened

Records: 62
First Record: 1976
Latest Record: 2020

1992-on hectads: 22
Pre-1992 hectads: 2
Total hectads: 24
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Bombus rupestris
Bombus rupestris

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Taxonomic group: honey bee and bumblebees (Aculeata: Apinae) - Countywide data   
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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 14 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 62 records with habitat detail and method information)

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