The subfamily Bombinae in the family Apidae of the superfamily of Bees was introduced to the species of bumblebees ( Bombus ) and the psithyrus ( Psithyrus summarize). This group formed with the honey bees and two other subfamilies the Apidae family, under which all basket collectors were combined.
Since the current system tends not to split the cuckoo bumblebees as a separate genus (Michener 2000), the listing of this taxon is obsolete. In addition, the Apidae are now much broader, so that the taxon Bombinae is at best preserved as a monotypic tribe Bombini (with the only genus Bombus ).
- Charles D. Michener: The Bees of the World. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore 2000.