Can anyone recommend a good field guide for Non-North American Bumble Bees, in particular Europe?
there is this (in German):
I use this website to look for species groups. https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/bumblebee-species-guide/
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:
and “Bees of Britain” is available online for free
and Bumbles of the UK guide
There’s an online interactive key to bumbles in Italy (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6160786/)
And a Bees of the Iberian Peninsula website
Much of this isn’t bumble specific, but should all cover bumbles.
Stephane’s website on the Bees in Brussels also may be of use
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:
Steven Falk has an invaluable resource of pictures and short descriptions for all bees (including bumblebees) of the UK:
The Atlas Hymenoptera has an overview of the distribution of all European bumblebee species:
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).
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