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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Bombus subterraneus - Short-haired Bumble Bee

Range & Status

Extinct in Britain; last recorded in 1980s in Dungness. Declining elsewhere in Europe.

Regional Distribution

Extinct; last recorded in 1928 on The Lizard.

Habitat & Ecology

This is a long-tongued species and nests underground. It is associated with Red Clover Trifolium pratense in dry grassland.


Not applicable in Cornwall.


It may be possible for a future reintroduction scheme, using bumblebees from New

Zealand. This species is listed on the BAP middle list as a globally threatened/declining species (BSGR, 1995). BAP species (2007).


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.