Have you seen this bee?


Bombus Hynorum, aka Tree Bumblebee


Here’s another chance to do some doorstep conservation: The Tree Bumblebee began colonising Britain in 2001, and may now be feeding or nesting in your back garden. Conservation agency Arocha has teamed up with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to study the bee and how quickly it establishes itself. They are enlisting supporters to look for it and let them know if they get a positive identification. Visit Arocha or BBCT for more details, and then get out in the garden and see what you can find.


  1. We have a tree bumble bee colony nesting in a nest box in our tree. May 2012…I have made sure they are this species.They are not the Carpenter bee which has the shiny abdomen, they are the lovely tree bumble bee…….Orangey behind the eyes, then black hairy body and white hairy tip on the end of the hairy abdomen. They are occupying a nest box designed for tiny birds, a small hole. The nest box is quite low down the tree, a metre and a half from the ground. The tree is a very old poplar that has been pollarded so it is wide rather than very tall. The area surrounding the tree is a wild area we have deliberately created, ground ivy, blackberry brambles, nettles, two ponds with natural pond vegetation, blackcurrent bush and grapevine close by. We live in Handsworth Sheffield England….we love them, its great to have them living here!

    1. Yes I have seen this bee I found one buzzing around my car at work and 2 days later was surprised to find another one stuck in a spiders web on the side of my pool screen at home, I reside in Windermere, Florida and work in Longwood, Florida. First time seeing this bee and to find it twice in one week just surprising.

  2. I found a tree bee in my garden. I am in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. As we are in October it is uncommon to see a bee, more so a tree bee. I photographed it as it attempted to climb on to flowers, it kept falling off.

  3. We have tree bumblebees in our garden this year. As a passioate gardener specialising in perennials and cottage garden type species, I witness a wide variety of bees. I didn’t recognise ‘the tree bumblebee’ as I hadn’t noticed it before. Thanks to your site, now I know.

  4. Hi. Didn’t know what kind of bees we had until looking at your site. Thank you. I now know that they are tree bees. I feel quite priviliged to have them in our garden and find them fascinating to watch.

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