- Apis nemorum Fabricius, 1775
- elegans Seidl, 1837
Great Yellow Humble-bee, Great yellow bumblebee
No status defined
Value of species
One of 11 species of the subgenus Subterraneobombus. One of 250 world known species of the genus Bombus, and one of 40 bumblebee species in the fauna of Ukraine.
Distribution: Palaearctic (Europe & nothern Asia to the Pacific), Nearctic Regions (it has only recently been discovered in the New World (Williams et all., 2011)).
A large species, with a long tongue, emerging in late spring, and nesting below the surface of the ground or on the surface. Colonies are small.
[[In the West Palaearctic region, the range of B. distinguendus spans from the 45th parallel to hardly beyond the Arctic Circle. The most southern observations are from the French Jura Mts., N. Lombardia (Italy) and a few places in the south of the Carpathian Mts. (Romania). The location in Croatia, cited by Handlirsch (1888), is dubious.
The species is generally uncommon. As it is also regressing, most places of the map relate to old observations.
More east, it can be found throughout Siberia, to the Ussuri R., the Kamchatka, Sakhalin Is., Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, the Altai and the Sayan Mts. According to N. Bogatyrev, it is common in W. Siberia, around Novosibirsk]].
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