The White tailed Bumble Bee
As with other non-solitary bees, the queen emerges from hibernation in the spring and starts the colony by laying a few eggs that hatch as workers. Male bees emerge later and mate with the new queens. Both the males and old queen then die in the autumn before the new queen hibernates.
White Tailed Bumble Bee facts
Type: Bumble Bee
Location: All parts of the United Kingdom.
Habitat: Gardens, farmland, woodlands, hedges and heathland.
Colour: Black and lemon-yellow bands and a white 'tail'.
Size: 20 to 25 millimetres.
Diet: Pollen and nectar.
On the wing: Early March to September
Life expectancy: Female 1 year, Male (12 – 16 weeks.)