Latin Name: Bombus bohemicus (Seidl, 1837)
Identification: The females have one yellow band on the thorax and none on the abdomen. It has a white tail with small yellow side patches on either side. The males are similar but they have an extra yellow band forward of the abdomen. Short-tongued and the wings are usually dark-tinged.
Confusion Species: Vestal Cuckoo-bee (Bombus vestalis), where the patches are more distinct, almost forming a band. B. bohemicus is a shaggy-haired species compared to B. vestalis.
Biology: A cleptoparasitic bee of the nests of the White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum).
When Seen: Females searching for hosts to parasitise are seen in April to May. Males and females on flowers in July and August.
Habitat: Many habitats, including gardens.
Distribution & Status: Generally found north of the border (opposed to Bombus vestalis which is found in the south) where it is a common and widespread species.