Distribution and ecology

Bombus distinguendus distribution between pre- and post-2000

Changes in the British geographical distribution of Bombus distinguendus pre- and post-2000 (NBN data). © P. Williams


World-wide, the great yellow bumblebee ranges in elevation from 1-2100 m.  These are relatively low elevations among bumblebees, reflecting its relatively northern distribution.

Its global geographical distribution includes:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Mongolia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • UK
  • USA (Attu Island only)
  • Scottish machair grassland

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