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Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 819740, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/819740
Research Article

The Bumble Bees of Ukraine: Species Distribution and Floral Preferences

State Museum of Natural History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Teatralna Street 18, 79008 Lviv, Ukraine

Received 4 August 2009; Accepted 11 December 2009

Academic Editor: Claus Rasmussen

Copyright © 2010 Irene B. Konovalova. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The bumble bees were studied in Ukraine between 2002 and 2009 under field conditions, by examining historical and recent collections and by the literature data. Forty one species are reported from the whole territory, 32 of them being recorded from the forest-steppe zone. Ten species are rare in all their habitats: B. confusus, B. distinguendus, B. fragrans, B. gerstaeckeri, B. ruderatus, B. armeniacus, B. mesomelas, B. laesus, B. veteranus, and B. cullumanus. The present persistence of the steppe species B. armeniacus, B. laesus, and B. cullumanus is restricted to the eastern part of the country, and B. fragrans—to the Crimean Peninsula. The information on distribution, abundance, habitat, and floral preferences of bumble bees is also provided.