, the buff-tailed bumblebee
or large earth bumblebee
is one of the most numerous bumblebee species in Europe. The queen is 2–2.7 cm long, while the workers are 1½–2 cm. The latter are characterized by their white-ended abdomens and look (apart from their yellowish bands being darker in direct comparison) just like those of the white-tailed bumblebee, B. lucorum
, a close relative. The queens of B. terrestris
have the namesake buff-white abdomen ("tail") tip; this area is...