What to look for: All-ginger bumblebees with subtle light brown bands across their abdomens
Favourite plants: Wildflowers, including clover and knapweed
Making a nest: Nest in colonies in holes in trees or bird boxes
When active: Across the UK
Where seen: Spring to late summer
Moss Carder Bees
As with all carder bees, these pollinators are covered in ginger hairs, which makes it easier to distinguish them from other bumblebee species. Moss carder bees have light brown bands across their abdomens.
These rare bumblebees are more commonly spotted in northern England and Scotland, especially in grassland hugs the coastline. Moss carder bees colonise holes in trees or empty bird boxes.