|Near human settlements. It prefers to build its nest above ground and often inhabits bird boxes.
An enormous range of flowering plants such as Rhododendron,
cherry, grape hyacinth and, in the north,
blueberry, Vaccinium. It is also an important visitor to
raspberry and bramble.
A short proboscis and a rounded head. The thorax is
usually of a uniformly ginger color, the abdomen is covered
in black hair, and the tail is always white. In workers, the
first abdominal segment is black-haired, but a proportion of males
may have ginger hairs intermixed with the black hair, both on the face
and on the first abdominal segment.