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  • Common club-tail
  • Common green shieldbug
  • Common house mosquito  
  • Common pond skater
  • Common stag beetle
  • Common wasp
  • Common water scorpion
  • European hornet
  • Eyed hawk-moth
  • Firebug
  • Forest cockroach
  • Forest ground beetle
  • Garden spider
  • Garden tiger moth
  • Great diving beetle
  • Gypsy moth
  • Honeybee
  • Large poplar longhorn beetle
  • Large white
  • Longhorn beetle
  • Mantis
  • Old World swallowtail
  • Painted lady
  • Pale giant horse-fly
  • Peacock butterfly
  • Peppered moth
  • Red admiral
  • Red ant
  • Red-tailed bumblebee
  • Rose chafer
  • Seven-spot ladybird
  • Silver-washed fritillary
  • Soldier beetle
  • Steppe grasshopper
  • Striped shield bug
  • Variable damselfly
  • Wasp spider
  • Water boatman
  • Yellow-winged darter
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Red-tailed bumblebee

Bombus lapidarius 

Description:
The queen red-tailed bumblebee is 20 to 23 millimetres long, the worker bees between 12 and 16 millimetres long, and the males 14 to 16 millimetres. Males can be distinguished by their long antennae. Red-tailed bumblebees are mostly black, with bright orange to auburn-red tails.

Habitat:
Red-tailed bumblebees inhabit open areas across Europe.

Habits:
These bumblebees seek dark places for their nesting sites, preferring to nest under ground, at the bottom of dry dykes, in wood cavities or in undergrowth. Nests vary in size from 300 to 400 bees. Red-tailed bumblebees fly between April and September and feed on nectar from flowering plants.

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