Bumblebees in the UK

Take a closer look at these rotating bumblebee specimens from the Museum’s entomology collection.

About 250 species of bumblebee are found all over the world with 25 species in the UK. 

Some species of bumblebee are common while others are declining in the UK. Scientists think two species have been lost already, and others have become threatened. Work is still going on to investigate the status of other species, such as the species below.

A major reason for the decline is that flowers like red clover, on which the bees feed, are much less abundant because of changes in the way farmland is used.

Bumblebees are important natural pollinators of many food plants, such as tomatoes, raspberries and runner beans, so this poses a problem for farmers.