Thorax: tawny to reddish brown Abdomen: charcoal grey to black Tail: white
The species has a short breeding cycle, with queens emerging early, usually in March. The first cycle is completed from mid-May to early July (depending on the season). A smaller second generation is produced in late summer in favourable years.
Advice on what to do if you find a bumble bee nest is given on the bumblebee conservation trust website. The trust also gives advice on relocating bumble bee nests. http://bumblebeeconservation.org