Apis nemorum (FABRICIUS 1775 nec SCOPOLI, 1763 (= B. subterraneus (LINNAEUS)), not of FABRICIUS, 1775 (?= B. bohemicus SEIDL); Bombus elegans SEIDL, 1837
Colonies of this bumblebee produce few (less than 100) workers (Loken, 1973; von Hagen, 1994) and so female production is consequently also low.
The range within the British Isles has contracted alarmingly since the middle of the 20th century. Historically known from much of Britain and Ireland, although with a northern bias. It is now (1999) only definitely know n to be present on some islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Orkney, and the north coast of mainland Scotland. There is an older record for Shetland. This is a northern Palaearctic species with a world distribution from Britain in the west to Sakhalin in the east (Loken, 1973).