Other Common Names
White-tailed Bumble Bee, in part
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apis cryptarum Fabricius, 1775
Bombus albocinctus Smith, 1861
Bombus modestus Cresson, 1863 [junior primary homonym]
Bombus moderatus Cresson, 1863 [replacement name]
Bombus lucorum terrestricoloratus Krüger, 1951
[i]Bombus burjaeticus Krüger, 1954 [synonymy uncertain]
Bombus magnus borochorensis Krüger, 1954 [synonymy uncertain]
Bombus magnus iranicus Krüger, 1954
Bombus magnus turkestanicus Krüger, 1954 [synonymy uncertain; a junior primary homonym]
Bombus (Bombus) florilegus Panfilov, 1956
Bombus cryptarum reinigianus Rasmont, 1984
Bombus cryptarum armenianus Rasmont, 1984
Bombus cryptarum caucasiensis Rasmont, 1984 [synonymy uncertain]
The above names have been included in the synonymy of Bombus lucorum (sensu lato) (see Williams et al., 2012).
Bombus lucorum sensu stricto does not occur in North America.
North American populations have been known as Bombus moderatus Cresson.
Explanation of Names
Author of species is Fabricius, 1775
B. lucorum sensu lato comprises several cryptic species now recognized as distinct based on new evidence including DNA barcodes (Williams et al., 2012).
Williams et al., 2012. Systematics and Biodiversity.
Changing identity and distribution of a bumble bee species from Alberta for one hundred years