NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE
State Museum of Natural History
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Bombus vestalis (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785)

Synonym
  • Apis vestalis (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785)
  • Psithyrus perezi Schulthess-Rechberg, 1886
Vernacular Name
Vestal cuckoo-bee, Southern cuckoo bee
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Conservation status
No status defined
Value of species
Pollinator species
Remarks
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One of 26 world known species of the subgenus Psithyrus (previously considered as a separate genus). One of 250 world known species of the genus Bombus, and one of 40 bumblebee species (8 cuckoo bee species among them) in the fauna of Ukraine. All species of the subgenus Psithyrus are obligate social parasites ('cuckoos') in colonies of the other social Bombus species. Females lack pollen-collecting corbiculae on the hind legs, there is no worker caste. Taxonomic status: A study of the taxon perezi on Corsica in comparison with B. vestalis in neighbouring Europe by Lecocq et al. (2014) concluded that the taxon perezi is an endemic Corsican subspecies. Distribution: Palaearctic Region: central and southern Europe, north Africa, east to Iran. Widespread and common, often with large females, and emerging in early spring. Males are often abundant in suburban gardens. Breeds in colonies of B. terrestris. [[Bombus vestalis if the most meridional cuckoo-bumblebee in Europe. It can be found from the North Africa to the South to the South of Sweden to the North. It lives from UK to the West to the N-Iran to the East. It inquilines mainly Bombus terrestris]].
Book reference
Experts
  • Iren KONOVALOVA, e-mail: iren@museum.lviv.net

Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Animalia
Eumetazoa
Arthropoda
Hexapoda
Insecta
Hymenoptera
Apidae