Just like the honey bee, this type of species originates from the Apidae family. However, their colonies are not as big as those of the honey bee. Moreover, they are not aggressive, and they too bear different colours based on the type. In the world, there are roughly 300 species of bumblebees, while in the UK approximately 20 different species. In each of the species, the queen, workers and males all differ in appearance. The most common bumblebees in the UK include Buff-tailed bumblebee, Garden Bumblebee, Tree Bumblebee, Red-tailed Bumblebee, White-tailed Bumblebee, among others. Other than these types, other types of cuckoo bees commonly found in England include Field Cuckoo Bee, Red-tailed Cuckoo Bee, Forest Cuckoo Bee, Red-tailed Cuckoo Bee, among others. On the other hand, the least common bumblebees in the UK include Broken-belted Bumblebee, Shrill Carder Bee, Great Yellow Bumblebee, among others. Unlike honey bees, bumblebees do not make large combs of honey. However, they are considered to be great pollinators.

They belong to the same family with honey bees and live in much smaller colonies. Like the honeybees, they also have a queen of the colony and the workers. These species are also smaller. They are most visible during spring and are the best pollinators as far as farmers are concerned. Bumble bees are a rare species. Some of the most endangered include the Bombus soroeensis, ruderatus, humilis, ruderarius and the muscorum. Nevertheless, one of the most common in the U.K is the Bombus Hortorum. You can find it in many parts of Europe and has an extremely long tongue which sets it apart from other bumble bees. That enables it to pollinate better than the others. It is black but with yellow collars and an oblong head. Other types of bumble bees in the U.K include Bombus pratorum, hypnorum, lapidarus and many others.

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