New distributional records of Bumblebees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) from Bangus Valley in North Kashmir of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, India


  • Desert Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, Jodhpur − 342005, Rajasthan
  • Desert Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, Jodhpur − 342005, Rajasthan
  • Zoological Survey of India, M-Block, New Alipur, Kolkata − 700053, West Bengal
  • Department of Zoology School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, BGSB University, Rajouri − 185234, Jammu & Kashmir



Bangus Valley, Bumblebees, Distribution, Kashmir, New Record


During September-October 2020, survey was conducted to explore the new distributional records of bumblebees from different localities of Bangus valley in North Kashmir of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It was found that seven species of bumblebees from genus Bombus viz., B. albopleuralis Friese, B. asiaticus Morawitz, B. jacobsoni Skorikov, B. keriensis- Morawitz, B. rufofasciatus Smith, B. simillimus Smith, and B. tunicatus Smith were recorded for the first time from Bangus valley in Kupwara district of North Kashmir. Among these seven bumblebee species, B. keriensis Morawitz, was found to be the most abundant species with respect to number of individuals in worker caste from Bangus valley. These species were collected in altitude of 2600-3000 m AMSL within the study area. The identified species of bumblebees include specimens of all castes viz., queens, workers and males. Host plants of each species of bumblebees were also recorded for the first time from the study area.


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Raina, R. H., Parrey, A. H., Chandra, K., & Khan, S. A. (2021). New distributional records of Bumblebees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) from Bangus Valley in North Kashmir of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 121(2), 261–267.





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