Latin name: Bombus veteranus
Common name/s: Sand-coloured Carder bee
Colour pattern: Very constant, all yellowish grey (sandy coloured) with a black thoracic band and thin bands of black hairs on abdominal segments 3-5 in queens and workers and 3-7 in males. Freshly emerged specimen can have bright yellow hairs on the second abdominal segment, especially queens.
Favoured flowers: Red clover, white clover, common comfrey and, to a lesser extent, common bird’s-foot trefoil and water mint. Males can frequently be found on Asteraceae like creeping thistle and goldenrod, but also on sea holly (Apiaceae).
Global region: Entire Palearctic, from western France to the Siberian pacific coast, not present in the Mediterranean part of Europe, nor in England
Geographic distribution: Europe: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine. Asia: Russia up to the Pacific coast, including Altai and Sayan mountains and northern Mongolia.
Conservation status: Least Concern