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.
Large earth bumblebee, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries
Photo: Sam Malfroy