Bombus rupestris

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Bombus rupestris
Bombus rupestris - Centaurea scabiosa - Keila.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Genus: Bombus
Subgenus: (Psithyrus)
Species: B. rupestris
Binomial name
Bombus rupestris
(Fabricius, 1793)
  • Apathus rupestris (Fabricius, 1793)
  • Apis albinella Kirby, 1802
  • Apis arenaris Panzer, 1801
  • Apis frutetorum Panzer, 1801
  • Apis rupestris Fabricius, 1793
  • Bombus obscurus Seidl, 1838
  • Bombus rupestris orientanus Reinig, 1931
  • Bombus rupestris siculus Reinig, 1931
  • Psithyrus rupestris (Fabricius, 1793)[1]

Bombus rupestris is a species of cuckoo bumblebee present in most of Europe except Iceland and the Balkans. It is also found in Turkey.[2]


The female is much larger than the male; she has a length of 20–25 mm (0.79–0.98 in), while the drone usually is not more than 16 mm (0.63 in).[3] The bumblebee is black, with the last abdominal segments coloured orange-red.[4]

Due to its parasitic lifestyle, no workers exist.


Bombus rupestris is found in flower-rich habitats, such as meadows and along hedgerows.[3] The bumblebee parasitizes the nests of the red-tailed bumblebee, B. lapidarius, whose queen is killed or subjugated.[4]


  1. "Bombus rupestris (Fabricius, 1793)". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  2. Discover Life. "Discover Life map of Bombus rupestris". Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jim Lindsey (retired professor of Biostatistics). "Bombus rupestris". Archived from the original on March 13, 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dr Brian Nelson, Ulster Museum. "Bombus (Psithyrus) rupestris – a cuckoo bumblebee". National Museums Northern Ireland. Retrieved 28 February 2009.