British Insects: Bombus and Psithyrus (Bumblebees and and Cuckoo-bees)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz



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Notes on John Curtis’s British Entomology • Updated insect names for John Curtis’s British Entomology • Updated plant names for John Curtis’s British Entomology • Notes on the scanning of the images

Poems on insects by Giles Watson

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These descriptions were generated from a DELTA database (Dallwitz 1980; Dallwitz, Paine, and Zurcher 1993). The bold parts are diagnostic descriptions, generated with the aid of Intkey (Dallwitz et al. 1993). They distinguish most taxa in at least one respect from the other taxa.

• Bombus Latreille • Bombus cullumanus (Kirby) • Bombus distinguendus Morawitz • Bombus hortorum (Linnaeus) • Bombus humilis Illiger • Bombus hypnorum (Linnaeus) • Bombus jonellus (Kirby) • Bombus lapidarius (Linnaeus) • Bombus lucorum (Linnaeus) • Bombus monticola Smith • Bombus muscorum (Linnaeus) • Bombus pascuorum (Scopoli) • Bombus pomorum (Panzer) • Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus) • Bombus ruderarius (Müller • Bombus ruderatus (Fabricius) • Bombus soroeensis (Fabricius) • Bombus subterraneus (Linnaeus) • Bombus sylvarum (Linnaeus) • Bombus terrestris (Linnaeus)

• Psithyrus Lepeletier • Psithyrus barbutellus (Kirby) • Psithyrus bohemicus (Seidl) • Psithyrus campestris (Panzer) • Psithyrus rupestris (Fabricius) • Psithyrus sylvestris Lepeletier • Psithyrus vestalis (Geoffroy in Fourcroy)

Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: Bombus and Psithyrus (Bumblebees and Cuckoo-bees). Version: 1st January 2012.’.

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