- tenuifasciatus Vogt, 1909
Value of species
One of 50 species of the subgenus Pyrobombus. One of 250 world known species of the genus Bombus, and one of 40 bumblebee species in the fauna of Ukraine.
Distribution: Palaearctic Region.
[[Bombus pyrenaeus is restricted to the high mountains of central and southern Europe, between the 40th and the 50th parallels. It shows conspicuously different subspecies among Pyrenees (ssp. pyrenaeus), Alps (ssp. tenuifasciatus), Tatras (ssp. afasciatus), Carpathian and Balkan mountains (ssp. balcanicus)]].
An alpine species, absent from boreal regions. Although it appears to be declining in parts of the range, the species can occasionally be very plentiful.
Found in a wide variety of higher montane habitats including alpine pastures and subalpine woods (Spain), forest clearings in the subalpine zone (Poland), subalpine grasslands (France), alpine and sub-alpine pastures in the Carpathians (Ukraine) and alpine and sub-alpine meadows (Bulgaria). It is polylectic and known to exploit a wide range of floral resources for both nectar and pollen.
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