Apart from the common seven species in bold print on a green background, the rest of the bumblebees on the British list are uncommon, even on the edge of extinction (red background) or northern species (mauve background). The species with a grey background is widespread in Britain but under-recorded because of ID problems. The others are local or rare.
Scientific Names Common Names Adur Distribution
Bombus cullumanus Cullum's Bumblebee Not recorded
Bombus distinguendus Great Yellow Bumblebee Not recorded
Bombus hortorum Small Garden Bumblebee This may have been recorded on Mill Hill, and in a Lancing garden, but unsure
Bombus humilis Not recorded
Bombus jonellus Not recorded
Bombus lapidarius Red-tailed Bumblebee Widespread and Common
Bombus lucorum White-tailed Bumblebee Widespread and Frequent
Bombus magnus* Not recorded
Bombus monticola Not recorded 
Bombus muscorum Not recorded 
Bombus pascuorum Common Carder (Brown) Bumblebee Ubiquitous and Common
Bombus pomorum Apple Bumblebee Not recorded 
Bombus pratorum Not recorded
Bombus ruderarius Not recorded 
Bombus ruderatus Large Garden Bumblebee Not recorded 
Bombus soroeensis Broken Belted Bumblebee Not recorded 
Bombus subterraneus Short-haired Bumblebee Not recorded 
Bombus sylvarum Shrill Carder Bumblebee Not recorded 
Bombus terrestris Buff-tailed Bumblebee Widespread and Common
Bombus cryptarum Not recorded
Psithyrus barbutellus Not recorded
Psithyrus bohemicus Not recorded
Psithyrus campestris Not recorded
Psithyrus rupestris Hill Cuckoo Bee Not recorded
Psithyrus sylvestris Not recorded
Psithyrus vestalis Occasional

 Psithyrus is now known as Bombus.

Common Bumblebee ID page

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