Bumble bees are found in Tasmania, but are not wanted on the mainland of Australia.

The large earth bumblebee is a threat to the environment and primary production. Potential impacts include reduced seed production of native plants and increased seed production of introduced plants.

Bumble bees are established in Tasmania.

About the pest

The social large earth bumblebee is hairier and larger than the honeybee or the European wasp. It is black, with one yellow/ochre band across the front of the thorax and another across the abdomen. The tip of the abdomen is white.


The pest is spread through human activity.

More information

Large earth bumblebee, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries

Photo: Sam Malfroy