BWARS in association with BBCT are again mapping the distribution of this relatively new bumblebee species to the UK. Although widespread in Europe, Bombus hypnorum, which has coined the name ‘tree bumblebee’ because of its habit of nesting in tree cavities or bird nestboxes, was first found on the south coast of England in 2001. Since then it has gradually spread north as far as Northumberland (see map below).
Have you seen one? Or possibly have a photo? If so, click HERE for further info on this bumblebee, how to recognise it, and details on how to report your sightings.