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Click on the bee that most closely matches the pale-band pattern for an orange/red-tailed bumblebee (A1). 'Pale bands' refer to the most anterior dorsal transverse bands of hair of any colour other than black, and where the band must cover parts of the body other than the 'tail' or head.

pale band white
141 biroi nobilis pyrosoma3 143 white (click here)143 yellow (click here)30 144 (click here)6
pale band yellow
131 (click here)8 132 lapidarius monticola pratorum soroeensis4 133 (click here)54 134 (click here)11
pale band brown or orange or red
121 eximius handlirschi ignitus mlokosievitzii4 123 (click here)5 124 atripes dahlbomii flavescens hedini  humilis morawitzii muscorum pascuorum sibiricus trifasciatus10
pale band olive
113 (click here)4 114 (click here)8
pale band absent (black)
100 (click here)29
  pale bands absent 1 pale band only,
on abdomen
1 pale band only,
on part of thorax
at least 2 pale bands,
on thorax, or
on thorax and abdomen
all pale,
at least on thorax

Numbers beside the colour-pattern diagrams show the numbers of species in each colour-pattern group. When you move the mouse over a colour-pattern diagram, either it lists the species with that pattern, or if the species form a significant geographical colour group, then it shows the group code. Clicking on these groups links to the pages on the group. This colour-pattern classification was derived using workers alone and therefore excludes Psithyrus.


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