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Large earth bumblebee

Scientific Name
Bombus terrestris audax
Scientific Author
(Harris, 1790)
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Apidae)
Status
Exotic Species Outbreak in Australia
Reliability
High
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Australia - Tasmania collected by Ms Hanna Simpkin
Source
Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

Audio link for sounds of buzz pollination (high pitch) compared to flying (low pitch)

 

Body lengths, queen 20-22mm, worker 11-17mm, male 14-16mm. The queen has dirty orange coloured hairs at the end of the abdomen; workers have a white coloured hairs at the end of their abdomen.

 

B. terrestris queens and workers have the first segment of the abdomen after the waist black,  the second segment is yellow in the middle, the hind basitarsus has a strongly arched hind margin; and for males the antennae are short, the base of the hind basitarsus broadens with a distinct shoulder.

 

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See UK Bumblebee Identification Guide

More Information
Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
02/05/2006 11:01 AEST
Last Updated
18/07/2008 10:26 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2006) Large earth bumblebee (Bombus terrestris audax) Updated on 7/18/2008 10:26:56 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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