- Apis campestris Panzer, 1801
- Psithyrus varius Lepeletier, 1832
- Psithyrus flavus Perez, 1884
- Psithyrus flavo-thoracicus Hoffer, 1889
- Bombus brodmannicus subsp. delmasi (Tkalc, 1973)
Field Cuckoo-bee, Field cuckoo bee
No status defined
Value of species
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.
Distribution: Palaearctic Region: Europe and northern Asia to the Pacific.
Widespread and common, of medium body size, emerging in late spring. Breeds in colonies of Bombus pascuorum.
Bombus campestris is one of the most common cuckoo-bumblebees of Europe. It is widespread from the N. Spain, the S.Italy and the Balkan to the South reaching the middle of Fennoscandia to the North. It extends to the Far East of Russia to the East. It inquilines mainly B. pascuorum and other species of the subgenus Thoracobombus.
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