Non-North American field guides for Bumble Bees

Can anyone recommend a good field guide for Non-North American Bumble Bees, in particular Europe?

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there is this (in German):
https://www.zobodat.at/pdf/LBB_0047_1_0005-0042.pdf

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I use this website to look for species groups. https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/bumblebee-species-guide/

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There are several things out there that may help (depending on where you are what languages you’re comfortable with).

Resources specific to the UK:
https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/product/new-bumblebees-an-introduction/
https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/product/uk-bumblebee-poster/
https://www.amazon.com/Field-Guide-Great-Britain-Ireland/dp/191038903X
https://www.nhbs.com/handbook-of-the-bees-of-the-british-isles-2-volume-set

and “Bees of Britain” is available online for free
https://www.bwars.com/content/bees-britain

and Bumbles of the UK guide
https://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/bombus/_key_colour_british/ck_widespread.html

There’s an online interactive key to bumbles in Italy (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6160786/)

Book: Bees of Spain (in Spanish)
https://www.tundraediciones.es/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=productdetails&virtuemart_product_id=390&virtuemart_category_id=25&lang=es

And a Bees of the Iberian Peninsula website
http://www.abejassilvestres.es/diversity.html

Much of this isn’t bumble specific, but should all cover bumbles.

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Stephane’s website on the Bees in Brussels also may be of use
https://www.wildbnb.brussels

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Thanks, I don’t read German, but I might be able to use the pictures and the scientific names.

That looks pretty good, thanks.

Thanks, the websites look good, but my jaw just about hit the floor when I saw the price of some of those field guides.

Some of them, in particular the Handbook of the bees of the British Isles, is more of a specialist’s book.

I’m not sure what your interest level is or where you are/will be - but the UK bumble books are likely good across most of Northern Europe.

Nor sure is @liquidanbar mentioned this one, if so, Appologies for the dupe:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1907807063/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_fdDeFbVMVXGV6

Steven Falk has an invaluable resource of pictures and short descriptions for all bees (including bumblebees) of the UK:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/63075200@N07/collections/72157631518508520/

The Atlas Hymenoptera has an overview of the distribution of all European bumblebee species:
http://www.atlashymenoptera.net/page.aspx?id=169

But there is certainly at the moment a gap for a comprehensive work of the bumblebees of Europe (I heard something is in the works).